SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said that its air jets expelled hundreds of warnings on Tuesday to depute a Russian military plane to enter its territorial airspace, the first such encounters between nations in decades.
Russian and Chinese air intrusion into the sensitive airspace between South Korea and Japan – two important allies of the United States – is a bold challenge in Washington and Seoul.
Three Russian military planes, as well as two Chinese warplanes, on Tuesday entered South Korea's air defense the place of identity was east of its coast, where foreign aircraft should recognize their themselves early in South Korea, said the South's military.
But one of Russia's airplanes, a early warning and control aircraft of Beriev A-50, Korea, which affects twice its territorial air near Dokdo, a cluster of South Korean-held islets claimed by Japan, said the Korean military.
B A few times the Russian plane inflicted on South Korea's airspace for a few minutes, which triggered the South Korean F-15 and F-16 fighter jets near the fire at 20 flares and 360 machines gun rounds as warning shot from half a mile away, officials said. . The South Korean jets have taken action after the Russian plane did not respond to repeated radio warnings.
The South Korean military has no further details. However, its officials said that Russian and Chinese airplanes are unique to carry a joint sea-to-sea mission between South Korea and Japan.
In recent years, long range firefighters and aircraft ownership from Russian and Chinese militaries have often entered the air defense zone identification of South Korea, which has triggered its air force to send jet fighter to face them.
But Tuesday's episodes are marked for the first time in recent memory that a Russian warplane entered South Korea's territorial airspace without approval, South Korean officials said.
Chung Eui-yong, national security adviser to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in sent a warning to his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, said Mr. Moon on Tuesday. It warned that South Korea would have "a stronger action" if Russia tried similar maneuvers.
Seoul also planned to summon Russian and Chinese diplomats in South Korea to lodge protests, officials said. And the Japanese government has filed a formal complaint against the same maneuvers of Russia and South Korean machine guns in "our territory," Kyodo News agency reported.
Military planes to enter the air defense identification zone of another country must notify in advance of the country, but in recent years, countries in the region have often accused one of that protocol violation. If a military plane enters the zone without proper notice, the host country may order it to leave, or to send military jets to face an aircraft.
The Russian Ministry of Defense denied the airspace of any country in the so-called "neutral waters," according to Russian media. Instead, two South Korean F-6 jets have accused of carrying the dangerous maneuvers that threatened its aircraft. In 2013, South Korea expanded its air defense identification zone for the first time in 62 years to include airspace in the East China Sea which is also claimed by China and Japan. With South Korea's expansion, the air defense zones of all three countries now overlap with a massive reef called Ieodo in South Korea and Suyan Rock in China.
South Korea expanded the air patrol zone two weeks after China pushed regional tensions by unilaterally expanding its own air patrol zone to include the airspace over the reefs. The expanded Chinese air control zone also covers a set of islands of the East China Sea, called Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese, which is in the middle of a territory between Japan and China.
Overlapping zones have increased the risk of military tensions in the region.