The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russia launched several anti-ship missiles in the Sea of Japan.
Moscow said on Tuesday its military was carrying out a simulated missile attack, firing two of its boats at a mock enemy warship about 60 miles away.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the target was successfully hit by two Moskit cruise missiles. Muskett was in charge designated by NATO The name is SS-N-22 Sunburn, which is a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile that can carry conventional payloads or nuclear warheads.
The ministry said the exercises took place in Peter the Great Bay, a waterway along Russia’s eastern border in the Middle East Sea of Japan. The Kremlin did not give more precise coordinates.
The bay serves as the headquarters of the Russian Pacific Fleet in Fukino and is about 430 miles from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Japan’s foreign ministry, Tasuku Matsuki, said Japan does not plan to file a protest over the missile drill, as the site where it was carried out – Peter the Great Bay – is seen russian coast, Although the waters are between the two countries.
“In general, Japan is concerned about the increased Russian military activities around the Japanese coasts and is watching them with great interest,” Matsuki said.
Russian forces have conducted similar missile exercises in that area in the past and issued early naval warnings.
The Japanese foreign minister did not comment on Russia’s intention to conduct the exercises.
The Indo-Pacific remains tense as Russian nuclear-capable Tu-95 bombers hovered over the Sea of Japan for several hours last week, North Korea conducted its own ballistic missile tests at sea, and the United States and China massed several ships in the surrounding areas. Also, the United States and South Korea participated in joint military exercises in the spring, which included flying a B-52 bomber over the Korean Peninsula.
In September, Japan protested Military exercises Russia held the Kuril Islands – some of them are claimed by Japan. Likewise, Tokyo has expressed concern about Russian and Chinese warships conducting firing exercises in the Sea of Japan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.