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MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. The decision that is being formed in Russia’s Far East is meant exclusively to ensure Russia’s security, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, told the RT television channel, following the Russian-Japanese "2+2" consultations in Tokyo.
"The division in Russia’s Primorsky Krai, the Sakhalin and Amur regions has taken six years to create," the defense chief explained at the four ministers’ news conference broadcast by the RT television channel.
"It is not created against anyone, but exclusively for Russia’s protection from both the sea and the air," the minister added without specifying what branch of the armed forces the new unit belongs to. The minister thus answered a question from a Japanese reporter concerning plans to deploy a new division to the Kuril Islands. The journalist also asked where exactly it will be deployed.
Shoigu told a meeting of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) in February that "work is underway to protect the Kuril Islands." "We are to deploy a division there. Its formation is to be completed this year," he said.