Moscow considers Tokyo’s implementation of the policy of abandoning Japan’s peaceful development as a serious challenge to the security of Russia and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, warns that if such practices continue, it will be forced to take adequate retaliatory measures in order to block military threats to the Russian Federation, as stated in an interview with TASS by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko.
“We drew attention to the accelerated implementation by the administration of [Japanese Prime Minister Fumio] Kishida‘s course to abandon the so-called peaceful development of the country that has been declared for many decades and switch to the rails of forced militarization. Among the concrete steps are the holding of large-scale military exercises near the Russian borders with the involvement of non-regional partners, the adoption of an updated version of doctrinal documents in the field of defense and security with an eye to creating a strike potential, an unprecedented increase in defense spending,” the Deputy Minister said.
According to him, Russia regularly voices its position on this issue in the public space, as well as through diplomatic channels.
“We consider such activity by Tokyo as a serious challenge to the security of our country and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. We warn you that if this practice continues, we will be forced to take adequate retaliatory measures in order to block military threats to Russia,” Rudenko stressed.