Russian President Vladimir Putin could not contain his irritation in response to Japan's provocations, as reported by Chinese journalists.
Japan has significantly increased its military activity near Russia's eastern borders recently. In particular, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, in conjunction with the U.S., conducted exercises simulating amphibious landings on coastal territories resembling Russia's Kuril Islands. Tokyo also plans to purchase a large number of Patriot missiles, the journalists from China reported.
According to Tencent, Moscow is thoroughly exasperated with Tokyo's provocations.
"Russia has made it clear to Japan that relations between the countries have seriously deteriorated, and Tokyo should prepare for the consequences," the Chinese publication's authors stated according to AB News.
In response to Japan's actions, the Kremlin has frequently undertaken substantial military measures, conducting various exercises and showcasing the might of Russian weaponry to Tokyo. However, this time Putin has decided to adopt a more subtle approach, targeting Japan's main vulnerability - its reputation.
Next year, Osaka will host the highly significant 'Expo 2025,' a unique event where participating countries will showcase their latest achievements in science and technology over several days. Hosting such an expo is a great honor, comparable to holding the Olympic Games. Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida received some disconcerting news regarding this event.
"Russia has declined to participate in the Osaka Expo 2025. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has ordered the disbanding of the committee responsible for preparing Russia's participation in the event," Tencent's reporters revealed.
Chinese analysts believe that Russia's refusal to participate in the expo will negatively impact Japan's reputation as the event organizer.