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Frontier guards of the Russian Federation and Japan held joint naval exercises off the coast of Hokkaido

The guard ship of the border service Coral took part in joint exercises with Japanese counterparts off the coast of the island of Hokkaido and left the port of Otaru back to Sakhalin, the press service of the Frontier Department of the FSB in Sakhalin region said on Friday.

It is reported that the visit of the Russian ship lasted three days. During the exercises, joint actions were worked out during the detention of a ship with conditional smugglers. According to legend, the Japanese patrol aircraft of the Coast Guard detected illegal transhipment in the sea from an unidentified cargo vessel to a fishing schooner. When the schooner was detained on board, the border guards found drugs. In the exercises from the Japanese side, four ships and a boat took part. The cargo ship tried to escape to the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, but with the cooperation of the Japanese border departments and the FSB of the Russian Federation in the Sakhalin Oblast, the Coral patrol boat went into interception. The vessel was also detained.

The exercises were completed by the passage of ships in the wake. As noted, both sides intend to develop information exchange and to increase the practice of carrying out concerted measures in the sphere of combating illegal fishing, combating illegal migration and smuggling in the maritime space.

The visit of the Sakhalin border guards is organized within the framework of international cooperation between the border guard service of the Russian FSB and the Japanese maritime security department.
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