09 Sep '11, 8pm

Japan urges Russia to stop bomber flights amid territorial dispute

TOKYO : Russian bombers have flown around Japan amid a territorial dispute, Tokyo's new Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Friday, calling on Moscow to refrain from "provocative" military action. Gemba said he expressed Tokyo's concern about the flight of two Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers around the Japanese mainland on Thursday, in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The two countries are in dispute over Russian-held islands on the fringe of the Okhotsk Sea, called the southern Kurils in Russia but also claimed by Japan, where they are collectively known as the Northern Territories. The dispute worsened last November when Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian president to visit the archipelago, followed by other senior Russian officials. Thursday's flight had aroused "suspicion among the Japanese people about its intentions," Gemba told a n...

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