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Putin's arms buildup puts Japan on defensive in islands dispute | American Military News

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Putin's arms buildup puts Japan on defensive in islands dispute | American Military News
Russia is accelerating a military buildup on islands claimed by Japan, threatening to blow a hole in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to lure President Vladimir Putin into settling the dispute. The government in Tokyo lodged a formal protest after 2,000 Russian troops held military exercises last week on the four islands, called the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan. A few days before, Russia paved the way for its first military airbase in the area. Russia's twin strikes came as diplomats from both countries met Feb. 6 to discuss joint economic development of the territories....
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