Russian warships launch missiles in a spectacular display of force as Putin issues a terrifying threat to Japan amid concerns of a third World War.
RUSSIA fired missiles from its warships near Japan in a show of force after Tokyo claimed control over the disputed Kuril Islands.
Stalin took control of the Kuril archipelago at the end of WWII, but Japan refuses to recognise Moscow’s authority.
Fumio Kishida, the new Prime Minister of Japan, addressed parliament by calling the southern Kurils by their Japanese name: “Our country’s sovereignty extends to the Northern Territories.
“The question of territory must be resolved now, rather than being left to future generations.”
A video has surfaced of Russia’s Pacific Fleet demonstrating its weaponry in the Sea of Japan, which some have interpreted as a “welcome message” for Japan’s new leader.
Others interpret it as Vladimir Putin issuing a terrifying warning to Tokyo in response to Kishida’s statements, warning that if Russia and Japan clashed, the US would be drawn in, causing World War 3.
The war drills between the fleet’s flagship Varyag missile cruiser and the anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Tributs were “arranged,” according to Russia “..
According to the fleet’s press office, they launched a battery of missiles from their Fort, Osa, and Kinzhal missile systems at high-speed airborne targets.
“As part of actual exercises, ten missile launches were carried out in all,” a spokeswoman stated.
The drills featured a dozen warships and support boats.
“”Air defence crews from the Varyag detected, locked, and downed a cruise missile during the missile fire exercise,” the source claimed.
“Using Osa and Kinzhal air defense missile systems and artillery, the Varyag and Admiral Tributs destroyed the other targets.”
Putin authorized maneuvers with 10,000 troops, 500 military vehicles, and 12 vessels on the Kuril islands of Iturup and Kunashir, as well as Russia’s largest island, Sakhalin, in June, in response to a diplomatic protest from Japan.
Officially, due to a territorial issue, Japan and Russia have yet to sign a peace treaty ending World War II.
Kishida, who took office last week, said he wanted to sign a “peace pact with Russia” in parliament. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has been invited to Japan.
Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia and Japan have “positive, open ties,” but the return of the islands to Tokyo is considered as highly unlikely as long as Putin continues in power.
Meanwhile, Putin’s best weapons designers are working on a 4,000mph hypersonic nuclear missile capable of burning a metropolis to ashes anywhere on Earth in minutes.
The nukes will be launched from the Su-57, a fifth-generation fighter that travels five times the speed of sound, making it nearly impossible to shoot down. Brinkwire News in a Nutshell