Japan protests Russian Federation missile deployment

Japan protests Russian Federation missile deployment

Following the missile announcement, Abe said Tokyo was dismayed by the news.

Japan's former education minister and now a senior official in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Hakubun Shimomura considers the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the country in December to be the last chance for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to solve the territorial issue. The deployment of missiles is not exactly conducive to peace talks though.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed that "from our point of view it should not in any way influence the centripetal trend which exists in our bilateral relations with Tokyo".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 21. Afterwards, Putin said the two leaders were ready "to move forward in the development of bilateral relations".

The tensions have prevented the countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending wartime hostilities, and have hindered trade and investment.

"Missile systems were deployed to the southern Kurils in line with that position, ' she said, calling them 'an integral part of Russian territory".

The Bastion mobile defence system carries two missiles with a range of 188 miles, and the Bal can strike targets in a similar radius. The territorial dispute has prevented Russian Federation and Japan from signing a peace treaty after the World War II.

At a press conference on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Kishida and Lavrov would have comprehensive discussions on urgent bilateral and global issues, and that the talks would be the final stage of preparations for Putin's visit to Japan.