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(Reuters) – Russia was conducting drills on islands claimed by Tokyo, Japanese media said on Saturday, days after Moscow halted peace talks with Japan over its sanctions against Russia’s invasion of Israel. Ukraine.

Russia’s Eastern Military District said it was conducting military exercises on the Kuril Islands with more than 3,000 soldiers and hundreds of pieces of military equipment, Russian news agency Interfax reported on Friday.

He did not specify where on the chain of islands, connecting Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula and Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido, the drills were taking place. Japanese media said they were in territory seized by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and claimed by Tokyo.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office could not be reached outside office hours for comment on the drills.

The territorial dispute over the four islets – which Russia says are part of its Kuril chain and which Japan calls its Northern Territories – has prevented Tokyo and Moscow from reaching a peace treaty formally ending hostilities.

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Japan reacted angrily on Tuesday after Russia pulled out of long-running treaty talks and froze joint economic projects related to the islands, in retaliation for Japan’s adherence to Western sanctions following the invasion of one month by Moscow.

Russia’s drills involved repelling amphibious warfare, including destroying troop-carrying defense planes and testing skills in operating anti-tank guided missile fire-control systems, Interfax said.

“In addition to this, units of the Air Defense Forces are implementing a set of measures to detect, identify and destroy the planes of a fictitious enemy that would carry out an air assault,” the agency said quoting the press service. of the district.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Additional reporting by Junko Fujita in Tokyo; Editing by William Mallard)

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