Steps aimed at strengthening the military alliance between Japan and the United States against the backdrop of Washington’s anti-Russian policy is not conducive to dialogue on a peace treaty between Moscow and Tokyo, Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin told TASS on Tuesday.
"Steps aimed at strengthening the Japanese-American military alliance against the backdrop of openly anti-Russian policy pursued by the United States is hardly conducive to creating the proper atmosphere around the dialogue on a peace treaty," he noted.
According to the ambassador, Japan is being "increasingly more integrated into the US global missile defense system after the Americans ditched the Russian-US ABM Treaty (the US announced its withdrawal from the accord in 2001 - TASS), which was the core element of strategic stability preventing the possibility of a nuclear conflict."
Galuzin pointed to the prospects for deploying new elements of the US global missile defense system to Japan. "For example, radar installations," he explained. "We heard from Japanese media reports about the possibility of deploying US medium-and shorter-range missiles to Japan, and failing to take that into account in our national security policy would be strange at the very least."