Tensions have escalated between Russia and Japan following a stern warning from Moscow over reports of Japan considering the provision of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine. The Russian government has expressed deep concern and warned Japan against taking actions that could further escalate the conflict in Eastern Europe.
The warning comes amidst heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, with ongoing military conflicts in the region. Reports of Japan considering the supply of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine have intensified diplomatic strains, prompting Moscow to issue a strong rebuke.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, stated in a press conference that any move by Japan to provide military assistance, especially in the form of advanced air defense systems, would be considered a provocative act. Zakharova emphasized that such actions could have serious consequences for bilateral relations between Russia and Japan.
The Patriot air defense system, known for its advanced capabilities in intercepting ballistic missiles and aircraft, would significantly enhance Ukraine’s defense capabilities in the ongoing conflict with Russia.
Moscow sees external military assistance to Ukraine as interference in its sphere of influence and a potential threat to its national security.