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Six Russian Navy vessels have passed through the Soya Strait between Cape Soya in Hokkaido and the Russian island of Sakhalin, the government’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, told a news conference Tuesday.

The Japanese government conveyed to Moscow that it is closely monitoring the Russian military’s growing activities in areas around Japan amid the Ukraine crisis, while expressing grave concern over the moves, Matsuno said.

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