December 8, 2023

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South Korea condemned the entry of eight Chinese and Russian military aircraft into its airspace

South Korea condemned the entry of eight Chinese and Russian military aircraft into its airspace
In a file photo, Russian TU-95 bombers and Chinese H-6 bombers fly over the East China Sea (via Japan Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff Office/REUTERS)

Officers of South Korea Eight have been reported this Tuesday Russian and Chinese military aircraft have entered the Air Defense Zone of the country without prior notice.

“Between 11:52 p.m. and 1:49 p.m. (local time),” the South Korean armed forces said in a statement. Four Chinese and four Russian military aircraft They entered the country’s airspace and left.”

“The military has identified these planes before entering the area and they have implemented tactical measures to prepare for possible contingencies,” the text gathered, according to Yonhap news agency.

Generally, international practice dictates that It is necessary to present a flight plan before entering these areas. However, Chinese and Russian aircraft often infiltrate the area without warning to South Korean officials under the pretext of training or patrolling.

An air defense zone is an area where foreign aircraft must take special measures to identify themselves. Unlike a country’s airspace, the air above its borders, and its territorial waters, there are no international rules governing air defense zones.

Although South Korean officials have not released details about the flight, there have been irritations on previous occasions Chinese H-6 and Russian TU-95 bombersSo the military estimates there could be eight bombers.

File photo of a Russian TU-95 aircraft (Russian Defense Ministry/Manual via REUTERS)

For its part, China’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that it was operating the aircraft Joint patrolling Over the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, also known as the South China Sea and the East Sea.

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The maneuvers are the sixth of its kind to be conducted by China and Russia within the framework of annual military drills established between the two to enhance cooperation and cooperation, the news agency said. Xinhua.

China’s latest joint air patrol with Russia November, South Korea also sent fighter jets after Chinese H-6K bombers and Russian TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighter jets entered its air defense identification zone (KADIZ).

Similarly, Japan launched planes When Chinese bombers and two Russian drones flew over the Sea of ​​Japan.

In a May 2022 patrol, Chinese and Russian fighter jets approached Japan’s airspace, and Tokyo held a quadruple summit with the leaders of the US, India and Australia, threatening Japan despite China saying the planes were not sent to a third party.

(With information from EB and Reuters)

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