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There are no obstacles to deployment of Pacific Fleet base in Kurils — source

June 28, 9:46 UTC+3
A ground force unit or a base of the near maritime zone may be deployed on the Matua island of the Kurils chain
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ST. PETERSBURG, June 28. /TASS/. There are no obstacles to deployment of a Russian Pacific Fleet base on the Matua Island of the Kurils chain, the decision will be made based on the expediency of this step, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Tuesday.

"There are no contraindications whatsoever to creating a base on the Matua Island," the source said.

Nevertheless, the source said, for making the decision "it is necessary to carry out the work for the comprehensive assessment of the expediency, based on the defense priorities" of the base deployment and "assess the resource aspect of the issue."

"There is no haste here, it’s Russian territory," he said.

According to him, a ground force unit or a base of the near maritime zone may be deployed on the island.

A joint expedition of the military and the Russian Geographical Society is currently working on the Matua Island. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said previously that the Pacific Fleet navy men will consider the possibility of creating a base on the islands of the Greater Kuril Ridge. Japan has expressed concern over these plans.

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