Japan regrets Russian arms buildup plan for isles

By REUTERS
March 2, 2011 16:58

TOKYO - Japan's top government spokesman called Russia's move to fortify its military presence on disputed islands "very regrettable" on Wednesday, the latest in a series of diplomatic tit-for-tat exchanges over the western Pacific isles that both sides claim.

The comment by Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano follows an Interfax news agency report on Tuesday citing the military General Staff as saying Russia will arm the sparsely populated islands with anti-ship missiles and attack helicopters.

"A Russian military buildup on the northern islands runs counter to our position and is very regrettable," Edano said at a regular news conference.


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