Japan says 2 Russian fighters breached its airspace
Two Russian fighters violated Japanese airspace on Thursday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said, prompting Japan to scramble its own warplanes in what was reported to be the first such incident in five years.
The planes were detected off Hokkaido for just over a minute, shortly after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted to find a “mutually acceptable solution” to a decades-old territorial row between the two.
Japan’s foreign ministry lodged a formal protest over what it said was an incursion by a pair of Russian Su-27 fighters. Four Japanese F-2 fighters were sent up to visually confirm the Russian planes, according to Kyodo news.
“Today, around 3 p.m., military fighters belonging to Russian Federation breached our nation’s airspace above territorial waters off Hokkaido’s Rishiri island,” the foreign ministry said.
If confirmed, it would be the first breach of Japanese airspace by Russia since February 2008, according to Japanese media reports.
However, Moscow denied any incursion had taken place, in a statement by the spokesman for the military command’s eastern district, Roman Martov, given to Russian news agencies.
I hope RT calls me. You know I find this all fascinating that all of this stuff with Russia and China happens just weeks after the ultra militant Shinzo Abe takes office. He campaigned on building up Japan's military and getting rid of Article 9. How convenient for him China and Russia start invading Japanese Waters and Air...(allegedly)