The authorities of South Korea have reported this Tuesday that eight Russian and Chinese military aircraft have broken into the country’s air defense identification zone without prior notification.
The South Korean Armed Forces have indicated in a statement that “between 11:52 and 1:49 p.m. (local time), four Chinese and four Russian military aircraft They have entered and exited the country’s airspace.”
“The Army has identified these planes even before they entered this area and they have implemented tactical measures to prepare for possible contingencies,” the text collects, according to information from the Yonhap news agency.
Generally, international practice stipulates that it is necessary to present a flight plan before breaking into these areas. However, Chinese and Russian aircraft often break into the area without prior notice to the South Korean authorities under the pretext of conducting training or patrolling.
An air defense zone is an area where countries require foreign aircraft to take special measures to identify themselves. Unlike a country’s airspace, the air over its territory, and its territorial waters, there are no international rules governing air defense zones.
Although the South Korean authorities have not given details about the aircraft, on previous occasions the irruption of Chinese H-6 and Russian TU-95 bombersso the Army estimates that there could be eight bombers.
For its part, the Ministry of Defense of China has reported in a statement that the aircraft were carrying out joint patrol work over the waters of the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
These maneuvers are the sixth of this type that China and Russia carry out jointly and within the framework of the annual military exercises established between the two to promote cooperation, as reported by the news agency xinhua.
In China’s latest joint air patrol with Russia in November, South Korea also dispatched fighter jets after Chinese H-6K bombers and Russian TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighter jets entered its Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ).
Similarly, japan launched planes when Chinese bombers and two Russian drones flew into the Sea of Japan.
On their May 2022 patrols, Chinese and Russian warplanes approached Japan’s airspace as Tokyo hosted a quadruple summit with the leaders of the United States, India and Australia, alarming Japan despite China saying it the flights were not directed to third parties.
(With information from EP and Reuters)
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