Russian PM Medvedev approves deployment of fighters on disputed island close to Japan

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the deployment of some fighter planes on a disputed island near Japan, part of Moscow’s ongoing efforts to militarize the region. The deployment of an as-yet-unknown number of fighter planes is likely to raise tensions that have already spiked due to Japan’s deployment of U.S.-supplied anti-air, anti-missile batteries. In [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.