Russia fires cruise missile from Sea of Japan in test exercise -media

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MOSCOW, Dec 21 (Reuters) - A submerged Russian submarine has successfully launched a Kalibr cruise missile from the Sea of Japan at a target more than 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) away, located at a Russian training ground onshore, the RIA news agency said on Tuesday.

The drill also involved covert movement and support from military ships, aircraft and drones, it quoted Russia's Pacific Navy as saying.

A Kalibr cruise missile is launched from Russian submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky of the Pacific Fleet during a test in the waters of the Sea of Japan, December 21, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Japan lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands in the nearby Sea of Okhotsk, which Tokyo refers to as the Northern Territories in a territorial row dating from the end of World War Two, when Soviet troops seized them from Japan.

The dispute has prevented the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty.

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Reporting by Maxim Rodionov Writing by Olzhas Auyezov

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