South Korea fired warning shots after Russian planes entered airspace

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

South Korea’s Defense Ministry says multiple Russian military planes violated the South Korean airspace off its east coast on Tuesday. South Korea said its air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots.

It says Chinese military planes also intruded into South Korea’s aerial identification zone on Tuesday.

The ministry gave no further details.

Japan has protested to Russia for allegedly violating Japanese airspace and to South Korea for firing warning shots there.

In this April 20, 2017, photo, a South Korean Air Forces' KF-16 fighter takes off at an air base in Gunsan, South Korea. South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots after a Russian military plane briefly violated South Korea's airspace twice on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Seoul officials said, in the first such incident between the countries. (Photo: Kim Jun-beom, AP)

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters later that South Korean warplane’s firing of warning shots was “absolutely unacceptable” in light of Japan’s territorial claims to Korean-controlled islands that Japan calls Takeshima and South Korea calls Dokto.

He said Tokyo “strictly objected to Russia and South Korea via separate diplomatic channels and strongly requested the prevention of a recurrence.”

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