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Japan to protest reported Russian military drills on disputed island

Published on Aug 13, 2014 2:52 PM
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after visiting a shopping street in Shimonoseki, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 13, 2014. Japan will lodge a "strong protest" with Russia over military exercises reportedly being held on the disputed Kuril islands, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will lodge a "strong protest" with Russia over military exercises reportedly being held on the disputed Kuril islands, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.

"I can't accept this at all," he told reporters in response to questions about the drills.

"We will lodge a strong protest against Russia through the foreign ministry," Abe added, according to Jiji Press news agency.

But the foreign ministry could not immediately confirm if Russia was carrying out drills on the long-contested islands, which are located off Russia's far eastern coast and just north of Japan.

 
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