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Russia says Tokyo's deployment of U.S. missiles a blow to relations

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Well maybe Russia shouldn't have put an Army division and built up their military on the Southern Kuriles then.

http://tass.com/defense/965079

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Geez just when relations weren't getting any better... or worse. Now they've been delivered a blow, which won't change them.

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and the plot thickens...

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Yes, installing a defensive missile system is a threat to Russia... That makes sense.

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Yep, Putin is trying to whine again. Japan has every right to weapons, just like Russia. If Putin doesn't like it he can complain to the UN.

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Relations? What relations?

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How can any country feel threatened by Japan having a "Defense" system. It's for incoming missiles not outgoing! Are they angry because it makes it more difficult to bomb Japan?

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It's for incoming missiles not outgoing! Are they angry because it makes it more difficult to bomb Japan?

I think the logic is that offensive weapons are more likely to be fired if there is a belief that you can defend against incoming weapons.

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How can any country feel threatened by Japan having a "Defense" system. It's for incoming missiles not outgoing! Are they angry because it makes it more difficult to bomb Japan?

Russia can already wipe Japan off the map 100 times over. And they know it. So I fail to see how this defense shield which will no doubt take years to implement effects Russia at all. Its designed to thwart what is currently inferior North Korean tech and what will hopefully remain within the scope to defend against. Although there are no guarantees Aegis can even cope with what North Korea has.

It stands no real chance against the latest stuff Russia has developed.

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It's quite simple. Ask Russia how many North Korean missiles happened to fly over their country.

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A blow to RUSSIAN relations?? lol what a joke! Russia has been trying to bully Japan for ages and now they’d prefer we are weak and vunerable?

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This is how North Korea wins. Divide and Conker. The good guys start fighting amongst themselves. Couple that with Trump pushing ANYBODY to fire the first shot in anger towards the North, well,you get see what is happening. Trump will just state, it wasn't me who fired first, then blame every other country.

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Japan needs to work on it’s relations with SK, NK, China, Russia, and the US. It is a mess.

The US used to own the Philippines until its people stood up. Japan needs to do the same imo. Become independent from the US and it’ll be easier to deal with it’s neighbors.

This is the land of harmony or Wa. Why is Wa missing here? How can Wa play a role in international relations and national security?

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extankerToday  07:51 am JST

Yes, installing a defensive missile system is a threat to Russia... That makes sense.

Tomahawk missiles aren't typically considered defensive missiles, Patriot missiles are......

That makes sense.

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since1981Today  09:29 am JST

How can any country feel threatened by Japan having a "Defense" system. It's for incoming missiles not outgoing! Are they angry because it makes it more difficult to bomb Japan?

Tomahawk missiles can't and don't stop in coming missiles.

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Tomahawk missiles aren't typically considered defensive missiles, Patriot missiles are......

That makes sense.

Except that the article explicitly states in the very first sentence 'U.S. missile defense system'. It also specifically mentions the Aegis, a defensive system and nowhere does it mention Tomahawks.

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extanker

Japan has had the U.S. Aegis defensive system since 2009, not the upgraded version of today but had it none the less.

As you know, the most recent addition to Japan's SDF, was the purchase of US Tomahawks to Japan. This action WAS of concern by Russia and China.

The fact that this particular article fails to mention this only shows how limited their view point is or is simply intensional bias.

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extanker

Japan has had the U.S. Aegis defensive system since 2009, not the upgraded version of today but had it none the less.

As you know, the most recent addition to Japan's SDF, was the purchase of US Tomahawks to Japan. This action WAS of concern by Russia and China.

The fact that this particular article fails to mention this only shows how limited their view point is or is simply intensional bias.

No, this article is only about Russia's objection to the purchase of Aegis missile defense systems. You can complain about Tomahawks when the site publishes another article about them, which is has in the past, but this is not it.

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This response makes sense, Russia is an enemy state and is actively trying to sabotage Western alliances. When the Russian whinges and whines, it means you are doing the right thing.

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Funny how Russia (and China) complains whenever a country tries to protect itself against an ally like North Korea.  But its okay to build up and modernize North Korea's offense capabilities, the latest development being nuclear weapons and intermediate and long range missiles.

This is how North Korea wins. Divide and Conker. The good guys start fighting amongst themselves. Couple that with Trump pushing ANYBODY to fire the first shot in anger towards the North, well,you get see what is happening. Trump will just state, it wasn't me who fired first, then blame every other country.

No, North Korea (and Russia and China) will win by convincing Japan and the UN, through continued anti-US propaganda and anti-US protests, to give up its capability to defend itself.  That's what they've been trying to do for the past 70 years.

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