Russian military aircraft violated South Korea's airspace above the East Sea twice on July 23, prompting the Air Force to scramble fighter jets and fire warning shots, military officers here said. This was reported by the Yonhap agency.
The bomber trespassed in the territorial sky above the East Sea near South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo earlier in the day in a three-minute flight twice each in breach of international treaties, according to officers from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
It is unprecedented for a Russian warplane to violate South Korean airspace, though their violation of Korea's air defense identification zone (KADIZ) has occurred occasionally.
In the latest such incident, two Russian military aircraft violated the KADIZ on June 20 and stayed in the zone for about a half-hour.
As it was reported earlier, another, already the fourth plane with components of the S-400 Russian anti-missile complexes on board arrived at Murted Airport near Ankara. As is known, the signing by Turkey of an agreement with the Russian Federation regarding the supply of the S-400 air defense system was sharply criticized in the West. The American media reported that the United States put forward an ultimatum to Turkey - before the end of the first week of June, Turkey should break this agreement, otherwise the United States allegedly threatened to exclude Ankara from its program of delivery of F-35 fighters. In Ankara, such messages are refuted. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if Ankara is excluded from the F-35 program, Turkey through the arbitration process will seek a return of $ 1.25 billion already paid to the United States for the fighters.