South Korea said it sent fighter jets after spotting two Chinese fighter jets and six Russian planes in its air defense identification zone.
The military said two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and exited the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the south and northeast coasts at around 5:50 a.m. local time.
They returned a few hours later from the Sea of Japan with Russian fighters – including TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighters – and left after 18 minutes in the area.
“Our military dispatched air force fighters before the Chinese and Russian aircraft entered the KADIZ to take tactical measures to prepare for a possible unexpected situation. out,” said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
The plane did not violate south Koreatheir airspace, they added.
The Tokyo Defense Ministry later said Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force had also dispatched fighter jets after Chinese bombers flew from the East China Sea into the Sea of Japan, where they were flown by two drones. Russian drivers participated.
An air defense identification zone is an area in which countries require foreign aircraft to take special steps to identify themselves.
Unlike a country’s airspace – the area above that country’s territory and territorial waters – there are no international rules governing air defense identification zones.
Moscow does not recognize North Korea’s air defense identification zone. Beijing said the area was not its territorial airspace and that all countries should enjoy freedom of movement there.
Although there was no shooting in Wednesday’s incident, in 2019 South Korean warplanes fired hundreds of warning shots at Russian military aircraft as they entered the KADIZ during a patrol. joint aerial survey with China.
This is not the first time that Russian warplanes have been spotted entering the KADIZ in recent times. The JCS also reported detecting Russian aircraft entering the area in August.