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South Korea fires warning shots at Russian military planes that entered the country’s airspace 

South Korea fires warning shots at three Russian military planes that violated the country’s airspace

  • South Korea says the country fired warning shots after three Russian military planes entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday
  • South Korea’s Defense Ministry says Chinese military planes also intruded the country’s airspace on Tuesday
  • In response South Korea launched fighter jets and fired the warning shots  
  • The Russian planes did not return fire  
  • The reason behind the airspace violation is not known  
  • It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said 
  • South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it plans to summon Russian and Chinese Embassy officials later Tuesday to register formal protests 

South Korea says it has fired warning shots after three Russian military planes entered the country’s airspace.  

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said three of the planes initially violated the country’s aerial identification zone off its east coast and one then entered the country’s territorial sky. 

In response, South Korea launched fighter jets and fired warning shots.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Singapore in 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Singapore in 2018

The Russian plane left the area after the warning shots but it returned and violated the South Korean airspace again later Tuesday, the ministry official said as per Bloomberg

The anonymous official said the South Korean fighter jets fired warning shots again. 

The official said that the Russian plane never returned fire. 

The Defense Ministry says two Chinese military planes also intruded into South Korea’s aerial identification zone on Tuesday along with the Russian planes. It’s not known of the two countries deliberately entered together. 

Before the Chinese planes joined the Russian aircraft, they entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone off its southwest coast earlier on Tuesday.  

A Russian fighter jet pictured above. It's not clear what kind of Russian military plane flew into South Korean airspace Tuesday

A Russian fighter jet pictured above. It’s not clear what kind of Russian military plane flew into South Korean airspace Tuesday

Over the past few years Chinese planes have occasionally entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone.

It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said. 

The airspace the Russian plane violated was above a group of South Korean-held islets located halfway between South Korea and Japan, an area that has sparked territorial disputes between the two nations, though Russia was never involved in those conflicts. 

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it plans to summon Russian and Chinese Embassy officials later Tuesday to register formal protests. 

The ministry gave no further details.

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