The past few months have proven to be intense for Russia’s Pacific forces. On October 14-17, a joint naval exercise with the Chinese partner was held. Report from the Japanese government according to A squadron of ten Russian and Chinese warships sailed through the strait between Japan’s two largest islands, Hokkaido and Honshu. It was the first time that Chinese and Russian warships had sailed through the Kogaro Channel, which connects the Sea of Japan with the Pacific Ocean and is officially considered international waters.
Then the warships specifically sailed south, off the Pacific coast of Japan, all the way to the island of Tanegasima, where Japan space launch facilities Located. Eventually, the ships reached the disputed waters in the South China Sea.
Further militarization of the Kuril Islands
Then on December 2, the Russian news channel RT mentionedMoscow has deployed Bastion mobile missile defense systems on Matua, one of the disputed Kuril Islands. Russia also maintains a military base on Paramusir Island (at the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula) and on the islands of Iturup and Kunasir (in the Hokkaido district).
In addition to the militarization of the Kuril Islands, the expansion of the Pacific Fleet is progressing at a sharp pace: 2027 70 new warships He wants to arrange the Kremlin.
An important factor is the military value of the islands, and more specifically the straits separating them, if not for Japan, but for Russia anyway. Warships of the Russian Pacific Fleet, including strike submarines (SSBNs) carrying ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads, pass through these straits. They can go out to the Pacific Ocean. And if the southern Kurils were abandoned, bases could be established on the islands that could block this path for Russian naval units.
Secrets of a closed city
But north of Vladivostok, on the Kamchatka Peninsula, there is a closed city of the fleet through which ships can reach directly into the ocean.
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