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International relations

Russian military buildup in Northeast Asia rattles Japan and US

Moscow puts advanced missiles on Hokkaido doorstep amid talk of China alliance

A missile launched from a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system soars over the Ashuluk shooting range outside Astrakhan, Russia. The country's military has deployed an advanced version of the S-300 on a disputed island claimed by Japan.   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- Russia caused a major stir earlier this month when it deployed one of its most advanced air defense systems, the S-300V4, on a disputed northern island claimed by Japan.

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