"We are not going to either decrease or increase the number of military personnel there. We have not been ordered to do so in the future, although there is certainly a possibility of both. Everything will depend on the current political situation," Ivanov told a news conference after arriving in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
URGENT: Russian military contingent on South Kuril Islands remains intact
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, July 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia does not plan to change the number or composition of its military contingent on the South Kuril Islands in the near future, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said.