Russia’s Ministry of Defense has announced it will upgrade its military presence around the disputed Kuril Islands, which Japan claims as part of its territory. It has alsoG issued a statement saying that “developing military infrastructure by 2020 on Sakhalin, the Kuril island ring in the Arctic zone, will be a state priority.” This coincides with the G7 summit, where Japan and other members of G7 said they could be forced to extend sanctions on Russia.
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