Japan Says Two Russian Warships Seen Near Okinawa Islands And Taiwan

The Defense Ministry of Japan mentioned late on Friday that it had spotted two Russian Navy vessels close to Okinawa islands and Taiwan, following a similar declaration from Taiwan this week.

On Tuesday, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry mentioned that it had spotted two frigates from Russia off the eastern coast and sent out aircraft and vessels to keep an eye on them.

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Japan’s government mentioned that repeated Russian military activities close to the Japanese territory last month, including the joint drills with China-based forces, posed severe concerns for national security.

Taiwan and Japan have joined the US and its allies in levying wide-ranging sanctions on Russia after it invaded Ukraine in 2022.

The Ministry of Japan said that two Steregushchy-class frigates were spotted for the first time approximately 70 km to the southwest of the westernmost island of Yonaguni in Japan on Tuesday morning.

The vessels set sail back and forth through the waters between Taiwan and Yonaguni and moved eastward. It mentioned that they were last seen on Friday in the waters between Okinawa and Miyako islands, adding that Japan reportedly dispatched two ships to monitor the Russian vessels.

On Tuesday, Russia-based Interfax news agency reported that a detachment of vessels of the Russian Pacific Fleet had reportedly stepped into the southern parts of the Philippine Sea to undertake activities as part of a long-range sea passage.

References: Japan Times, Reuters, TVP World

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