Russian new military barracks in disputed Kuril islands

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Source: Channel News Asia

Russia says it has built four new military barracks in the Kuril islands, angering Tokyo on Tuesday (Dec 18) with whom it has been locked in a decades-long row over the archipelago in the Sea of Japan.

Soldiers will be able to move into the new dormitories by the end of the year, the Russian defence ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Moscow and Tokyo are still technically at war, with neither side historically prepared to budge on a dispute over the ownership of the islands seized by the Soviet Union in the closing days of World War II.

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