Media called the main danger for Russia in the transfer of the Kuril Islands of Japan
Experts believe that the southern Kuril Islands are the ideal place for the deployment of American missiles and missile defense systems.
Four Kuril Islands, which are claimed by Japan, have the convenient geographical position to accommodate them American strike missiles and anti-aircraft and missile defense. In addition, the U.S. Navy will be able to block the ice-free Catherine the Strait between Kunashir and Iturup, thus depriving the Pacific fleet of the ability to go out into the Pacific ocean, the article says publication Japan Business Press.
The author points out that the placement in the Kuril Islands of the air defense system “aegis Ashore” will allow US to quickly detect and destroy launched from submarines in the sea of Okhotsk ballistic missiles.
Also it will boost the American defense against missiles of North Korea, trajectory of the flight which passes over the territory of Primorsky Krai. The most appropriate place for the deployment of this system is called the island of Iturup.
The publication also believes that the deployment of American missiles on the Kuril Islands will allow US to block the main base of the Russian Pacific fleet — Vladivostok.
Today Russia, thanks to the possession of these Islands, controls the ice-free Catherine the Strait between Kunashir and Iturup, that gives its Navy access to the Pacific ocean.
“Even if they returned only three Islands, with the exception of Etorofu, then it is likely that Japan and the United States will block the Strait of Catherine,” the article reads.