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Japan drops to refuel US Navy ships in Indian Ocean

Japan will complete logistic support of international military operation in Afghanistan headed by the US in January 2010, said BBC referring to Japanese Minister of Defense Toshimi Kitazawa.

The logistic support mission will be lawfully completed as it is to be expired in January and Japan does not intend to prolong it, specified Kitazawa.

However, Japan may continue supporting international forces in Afghanistan but on alternative basis: for example, subsidize Taliban in obtaining peaceful education, send specialists to restore infrastructure etc, added the minister.

Since 2001 Japanese auxiliary vessel and destroyer have been fueling and providing fresh water supply for ships of international forces in Indian Ocean. The normative act of this support had been prolonged many times but new government of Japan tries to make foreign policy less USA-dependent and bring it in balance with provisions of Japanese constitution, strictly limiting actions of the country's armed forces.

Source: RusNavy.com

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