The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that its naval force fired anti-ship missiles against a simulated target in the sea of Japan for a few military exercises.
The maneuvers of the Pacific fleet occurred a week after the Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishidawill visit Ukraine.
“In the waters of the Sea of Japan, missile boats of the Pacific Fleet fired Moskit cruise missiles at a simulated enemy target at sea”, the ministry indicated Tuesday on Telegram.
He said that two ships participated in the exercise.
“The target, located about 100 km away, was successfully hit by two Moskit cruise missiles,” he added.
Moscow noted that its naval aviation supervised “the security of the combat exercise.”
For his part, the Japanese Foreign Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, denounced “the multiplication of the activities of the Russian army in the Far East, including in areas near Japan.”
“We will continue to closely monitor the movements of the Russian army”declared the minister, quoted by the Jiji Press agency.
Russia said last week that two of its Tu-95 strategic bomber aircraft carried out “flights in airspace over neutral waters in the sea of japan”.
The bomber flights came after Kishida visited kyiv to meet with Ukrainian leader Volodimir Zelensky.
Japan has joined its Western allies in sanctions against Russia for its offensive in Ukraine.
Russia’s Pacific coast is separated from Japan by the narrow Sea of Japan.
At the beginning of March, Russia increased tensions in the area when the Navy announced the launch of a Kalibr cruise missile from a submarine in the sea of japan towards a target on the coast, as reported in a statement by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
In the estimated time, according to the Russian Armed Forcesthe missile left the submarine ‘Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’ and reached an objective located in the region of Khabarovsksouthwestern Russia.
“The ‘Kalibr’ missile hit the designated target in the tactical field syurkum in the Khabarovsk region at the expected time,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in its letter, sharing a video of the launch.
Russia is carrying out modifications to its submarine-launched ‘Kalibr’ missiles in an effort to improve their accuracy, the agency has reported. TASS.
(With information from AFP)
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