South Korea on Wednesday said it scrambled fighter jets after two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered its air defense identification zone (A.K.A. KADIZ) without notice.
What Happened: Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (J.C.S.) said the warplanes flew across its defense identification zone but did not violate the country’s territorial air, reported Yonhap News Agency.
The military said at 5:48 a.m., two Chinese H-6 bombers flew into the KADIZ from an area 126 kilometers northwest of Leo Island, a submerged rock south of the southern island of Jeju, and they left the KADIZ at 6:13 a.m. At 6:44 a.m. The bombers reentered the KADIZ from an area northeast of South Korea’s southern port city of Pohang and exited the zone at 7:07 a.m, it added.
After that, six Russian aircraft — four TU-95 bombers and two SU-35 fighters — along with two Chinese H-6 bombers flew into the KADIZ from an area 200-km northeast of South Korea’s Ulleung Island at 12:18 p.m. and exited the zone at 12:36 p.m.
This comes at a time when Seoul is pushing for a stronger alliance with the U.S. amid intensifying China-U.S. tensions. South Korea also opposes the Russia-Ukraine war and has tense relations with North Korea – an ally of Moscow and Beijing.
According to experts cited by the news wire, Russia and China appeared to have engaged in a joint air exercise.
The South Korean military deployed aircraft, including F-15K jets, in a tactical step against a potential accidental situation.
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