10 Feb '11, 12am

Russia president Dmitry Medvedev ordered extra weaponry to be deployed on the disputed Kuril islands

Russia president Dmitry Medvedev ordered extra weaponry to be deployed on the disputed Kuril islands

'The additional weapons which will be deployed there must be sufficient and modern to ensure the security of these islands which are an inseparable part of the Russian Federation,' Mr Medvedev said. -- PHOTO: AFP MOSCOW - RUSSIAN President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday ordered the deployment of extra weaponry on the Kuril islands claimed by Japan, escalating tensions in a dispute that has festered since World War II. Bluntly describing the Pacific islands as an 'inseparable' part of Russia's territory and a strategic Russian region, Mr Medvedev also ordered an expansion of its presence on the remote archipelago. His comments represented a drastic sharpening of Moscow's rhetoric in the dispute with Tokyo after Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan called Mr Medvedev's unprecedented visit to the islands in November an 'unforgivable outrage'. The remarks are also sure to create an ...

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