Russia says its bombers are patrolling the Sea of ​​Japan – agencies

Aug 23 (Reuters) – The Russian Defense Ministry said two Russian strategic bombers were patrolling neutral waters over the Sea of ​​Japan, Russian news agencies reported, while South Korea said that they had entered its air defense identification zone on Tuesday.

The flight lasted about seven hours and the Russian planes were accompanied by South Korean F-16s at some stages of the route, Russian media quoted the ministry as saying.

South Korea’s military said Russian fighter jets entered its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and it took the usual tactical measures in response. He did not specify.

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Unlike airspace, an ADIZ is generally an area in which countries can unilaterally require foreign aircraft to take special measures to identify themselves, with no international laws governing an ADIZ.

Russia does not recognize the South Korean ADIZ. China said the area is not territorial airspace and all countries should enjoy freedom of movement there.

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Reuters reporting; Editing by Alex Richardson

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