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Japan’s government has lodged a protest after the Russian military deployed its new S-300V4 missile defense system for combat duty on a chain of Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Wednesday.

Russia said Tuesday it had deployed the missile defense system for combat duty on the islands. The Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV station said the mobile air defense system, designed to counter ballistic and aerial attacks, was on Iturup — known in Japan as Etorofu — one of four islands seized by Russia at the end of World War II and still claimed by Japan, which calls them the Northern Territories.

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