S.Korea scrambles jets as Chinese, Russian aircraft enter air defence zone
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said Tuesday it had messed up fighter jets in response to a penetration of 19 Russian and Chinese military aircraft into the South Korean air defense zone.
According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in South Korea, four Chinese fighter jets entered the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), followed by 15 Russian aircraft.
The South Korean military dispatched air force fighters to take tactical measures.
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The South Korean military said in a statement that the Chinese military had informed South Korea that its planes were conducting routine drills before the Chinese planes entered KADIZ.
"This incident appears to be a joint military exercise between China and Russia, but it requires further analysis," the JCS said in a statement.
Last July, South Korean fighter jets on a joint air patrol with China fired hundreds of warning shots at Russian military planes as they entered South Korean airspace.
South Korea and Japan, both of which intercepted jets at the time to intercept the patrol, accused Russia and China of violating their airspace. Russia and China denied it.
(Reporting by Heekyong Yang; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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