Tribunnews.com Correspondent Report, Richard Susilo from Japan
TRIBUNNEWS.COM, TOKYO – The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced that 10 Russian Navy ships passed through the Tsugaru Strait from March 10 to March 11, 2022.
“The Ministry of Defense is analyzing the purpose of navigation, etc. considering the Russian army seems to be activating activity around Japan,” said the source Tribunnews.comSaturday (12/3/2022).
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s aircraft and patrol boats confirmed that 10 Russian Navy ships sailed in the Pacific Ocean about 180 km east-northeast of Cape Erimo in Hokkaido starting at around 02.00 in the morning on March 10, 2022.
It was confirmed that the destroyer and frigate passed through the Tsugaru Strait and headed for the Sea of Japan on March 11.
The Russian Navy has been conducting large-scale maritime exercises in the Sea of Okhotsk since last February, and it is believed that 10 ships participated in these exercises.
Since the Tsugaru Strait is an “international strait”, the navigation of foreign ships, including warships, is internationally recognized, but one Ministry of Defense official said that there are so many Russian Navy ships.
“It is very rare to pass through the Tsugaru Strait all at once, and it is possible for Russia to provoke Japan,” he said.
Japan refrained from imposing sanctions on Russia.
The Ministry of Defense is currently analyzing the purpose of the Russian navigation given that the Russian army has been activating its military activities around Japan recently.