August 3 at the airport in a festive atmosphere, deputy commander of the 11th army of the Air Force and Air Defense, chief aviation Oleg Solovyov congratulated the pilots, technicians and engineers of the ground service on a significant event. The command was read out to the personnel, and within an hour at the airfield, taxiing work began on the strip.
Judging by the published information, the Su-35S fighter unit from the 23 th Fighter Regiment of the 303 Guards Combined Aviation Division of the 11 Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Eastern Military District at the Dzemgi airfield in the Komsomolsk Army Air Force and Air Defense of the Eastern Military District at Dzemgi airfield in Komsomolsk Army Amure. Aircraft crews will serve on Iturup on the basis of a rotation system, ten months in advance.
The deployment of Russian fighter Su-35 on the island of Iturup has already responded in Japan. Tokyo announced a protest against Moscow over reports of fighter jets in the southern Kuriles, Secretary General of the Cabinet Yoshihide Suga said at a briefing on Monday. The protest was sent on August 3 to the Russian Foreign Ministry through the Japanese Embassy in Moscow.
Recall that Japan claims the islands Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, not leaving attempts to regain the "northern territories", which became part of the USSR in the aftermath of the Second World War.