A South Korean F-15K Slam Eagle takes off from Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, April 27, 2017. (COLVILLE MCFEE/U.S. AIR FORCE)
A South Korean F-15K Slam Eagle takes off from Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, April 27, 2017. (COLVILLE MCFEE/U.S. AIR FORCE)

South Korean jets fire multiple warning shots after Russian aircraft breaches airspace

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean fighter jets fired some 360 warning shots after a Russian military aircraft violated airspace twice Tuesday off the peninsula’s east coast in an unprecedented breach, defense officials said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had carried out a joint air patrol with China in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time. But it denied that any border violations took place.

The encounters occurred after three Russian and two Chinese warplanes entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone, which is a buffer zone that’s not defined by international law or treaty, the officials said.

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