South Korea said it dispatched fighter jets after Chinese and Russian warplanes flew into the country’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) on Wednesday morning.
Two Chinese H-6 strategic bombers repeatedly moved in and out of the KADIZ off South Korea’s south and northeast coasts around 5:50 a.m. local time, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. ) from Seoul.
Several hours later, the Chinese planes returned from the Sea of Japan to the Ulleung Island area with six Russian fighter jets, including TU-95 strategic bombers and SU-35 fighter jets, a- he added.
Seoul said it deployed its F-15K fighter jets in the air as a tactical move against a potential accidental situation.
Russian and Chinese warplanes did not violate South Korean airspace, the JCS said.
An air defense identification zone goes beyond the country’s airspace. Decreed unilaterally by each State, it aims to give approaching planes more time to identify themselves in order to avoid possible incidents.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency pointed out that Chinese and Russian planes were spotted in the KADIZ when “South Korea is working to strengthen its alliance with the United States amid an escalating Sino-American rivalry, while maintaining its opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
Moscow and Beijing have conducted joint air missions in the region as part of their military cooperation plan. Russia and China insist that its strategic aviation flights do not target third countries and are carried out in accordance with international law.
South Korea also reported that Chinese and Russian planes entered its air defense identification zone in May.
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