South Korea said it dispatched fighter jets after detecting two Chinese and six Russian warplanes in its air defense zone.

The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly moved in and out of the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the south and northeast coasts around 5:50 a.m. local time, the military said. .

They returned a few hours later from the Sea of ​​Japan with the Russian fighter jets – including TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighter jets – and left after 18 minutes in the area.

“Our military sent air force fighter jets ahead of the entry of Chinese and Russian planes into the KADIZ to implement tactical measures for a possible eventuality,” the heads of the military said. Joint Staff (JCS).

The planes did not violate South Korean airspace, they added.

Japan’s Air Self Defense Force also dispatched fighter jets after Chinese bombers flew from the East China Sea to the Sea of ​​Japan, where they were joined by two Russian drones, the ministry said later. Tokyo Defense in a press release.

An air defense zone is an area in which countries require foreign aircraft to take special measures to identify themselves.

Unlike a country’s airspace – the area above its territory and territorial waters – there are no international rules governing air defense zones.

Moscow does not recognize Korea’s air defense zone. Beijing said the area is not territorial airspace and all countries should enjoy freedom of movement there.

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