South Korea has fired warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered its airspace on Tuesday.
Officials said the plane violated the airspace over the Dokdo/Takeshima islands, which are occupied by Seoul but claimed by Japan.
South Korea’s Ministry of Defence said; “it scrambled fighter jets which dropped flares and fired warning shots.”
“Further shots were fired when the Russian plane returned minutes later,” the Ministry said.
First of its kind
“This is the first incident of its kind between Russia and South Korea,’’ report says.
Moscow has denied that its aircraft violated South Korean airspace, saying it was carrying out a planned drill over international waters.
South Korea’s military said the aircraft was one of three Russian and two Chinese military warplanes that entered the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), where overseas aircraft must identify themselves beforehand.
Russian and Chinese bombers and inspection planes have occasionally entered the zone in recent years.
However, South Korea said one of the Russian planes flew further and entered the country’s territorial airspace at around 09:00 local time (00:00 GMT). This led to deployment of South Korean F-15k and F-16k planes to intercept it.