Japan slams Russian military build-up on islands

Japan on Wednesday branded Russias plans to deploy anti-ship cruise missiles on disputed islands off Tokyos northern frontier "very deplorable".

Vice-foreign ministers from the two countries met in Tokyo for a regular "strategic dialogue" to discuss ties strained by the territorial row over the Kurils that has been unresolved since World War II.The meeting came a day after Russias Interfax news agency reported Moscow was planning to deploy additional weaponry including anti-ship cruise missiles and air defences on the disputed islands

."Russias military build-up on the four northern islands is totally incompatible with our countrys position and it is very deplorable," Japans top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, told a regular news briefing.

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