Russian Bombers Intrude into Japanese Airspace


Tokyo, June 20 (Jiji Press)--Russian Tu-95 bombers repeatedly intruded into Japanese airspace over the Pacific on Thursday, prompting the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force to scramble fighter jets, Japan's Defense Ministry announced the same day.

No dangerous action by the Russian bombers was observed, ministry officials said.

The latest intrusions of Japanese airspace are believed to have been the first by Russian warplanes since September 2015. The ministry is analyzing the incident while remaining vigilant, the officials said.

The Foreign Ministry made a protest to the Russian side over the airspace intrusions.

According to the Defense Ministry, two Tu-95 bombers entered Japanese airspace around the island of Minamidaitojima in Okinawa Prefecture past 8:53 a.m. (11:53 p.m. Wednesday GMT) and left the airspace two minutes and 46 seconds later.

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