South Korean fighter jets warn Russian planes in mid-air[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: 2019/10/23 8:39 • 50 times read[/rtl]
TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korea sent fighter jets on Tuesday to warn Russian warplanes it said had entered the area of Korean airspace, the latest in a series of similar incidents.
According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, six Russian military planes have repeatedly entered the area of defining Korea's air defense for six hours.
The air defense identification zone differs from the airspace of any State, as it is the area in which States may require foreign aircraft to take certain actions to determine their identity.
The Russian Defense Ministry denied the violation of its fighter jets, which were accompanied by other Russian warplanes to the field of any country, and said it was flying over neutral waters in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea.
South Korean and Japanese fighter jets pursued two Russian fighter jets during what they said was a planned patrol, Interfax news agency quoted Russian authorities as saying.
Japan, Russia and the Korean peninsula have long been at loggerheads amid a series of territorial air disputes.
South Korea's military said no warning shots were fired on Tuesday because Russian planes did not enter the country's airspace.
"Our army immediately sent fighter jets to hunt down and monitor aircraft and send warning messages," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
In July, South Korean warplanes fired light bombs and hundreds of warning shots near Russian fighter jets that violated South Korean airspace during what Moscow called the first long-term joint regional air patrol with China.