Russia and Japan May Held Joint Naval Drills in September
Russia and Japan could conduct joint naval drills in late September near Vladivostok. This information was furnished by a representative of the Japanese Defence Ministry on Monday.
“The search-and-rescue operations are humanitarian in nature,” the official said, stressing the commitment of the country’s military command to resume contacts with the Russian Armed Forces, which were suspended due to the Ukrainian crisis.
According to the information available, the Japanese Navy plans to consult with Russia to confirm commitment to the development of bilateral relations in the field of defence. Russia and Japan have been conducting joint naval exercises on a regular basis since 1998. Similar maneuvers were carried out in September 2012, when a detachment of Japanese Navy ships called at the main base of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, Vladivostok, and in December 2013 in the Maizuru city area on the coast of the Sea of Japan.