December 28, 2017 / 12:57 PM / a year ago

Russia says Tokyo's deployment of U.S. missiles a blow to relations

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A recent decision by Japan to deploy a U.S. missile defence system will hurt Moscow’s relations with Tokyo and is a breach by Washington of a landmark arms control treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Japan formally decided this month it would expand its ballistic missile defence system with U.S.-made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors in response to a growing threat from North Korean rockets.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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