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Russia Announces Military Plans for Contested Kuril Islands

Russia's defense minister said Moscow plans to build a military base on the Kuril Islands, some of which are also claimed by Japan. Sergei Shoigu told reporters Thursday that Russia is planning to put a large modern base on the islands with equipment necessary for border protection. The Kuril Islands lie off of Russia's eastern coast, northeast of Japan. Japan claims land in the southern Kuriles, which it calls the Northern Territories. The dispute between Russia and...

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