The Russian Pacific Fleet has revealed that its Bastion coastal anti-ship missile systems have been deployed on the near Pacific islands also claimed by Japan, a move intended to underline Moscow’s firm stance in the dispute. The Bastion missile systems were moved to Matua, a deserted volcanic island in the middle of the Kuril island chain. Japan claims four of the southernmost islands. The oval-shaped, 11km-long (6.8 miles) island where the Russian missiles were deployed hosted a Japanese military base during the Second World War.
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