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Russia and South Korea spar over airspace ‘intrusion’

Russia on Wednesday denied that South Korea’s airspace was violated by a Russian aircraft during a joint air patrol by Russia and China in the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday. While a statement by South Korea’s presidential office mentioned that Russia had expressed “deep regret” over the incident, Moscow later dismissed this claim as false.

China has also denied the intrusion, stating that the airplanes carrying out the patrol “strictly abided by the relevant regulations of international law and did not enter the airspace of other countries”.

South Korea and Japan had both scrambled jets to intercept the patrol on Tuesday, while South Korean warplanes fired warning shots when a Russian early warning plane allegedly entered the country’s airspace.

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