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Japan scrambles jets, claiming Russian airspace invasion

Japan said two Russian fighter jets briefly entered Japan's airspace near disputed islands, prompting Japan to scramble combat fighter jets in response. Russia denied the charge.

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A Russian fighter jet SU-27 flies over the sea off the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday afternoon. The Defense Ministry said two SU-27 jets, including this one, briefly intruded into Japanese airspace, prompting Japan to scramble its own jets.

Joint Staff Office of Defense Ministry of Japan / AP

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Two Russian fighter jets briefly entered Japan's airspace near disputed islands and the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, prompting Japan to scramble combat fighters and lodge a protest, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

Russia, which is currently holding military manoeuvres around the disputed Kurile Islands, denied any such intrusion took place.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori is expected to visit Moscow later this month to discuss territorial matters.

 

Thursday was Japan's "Northern Territories Day," when rallies are traditionally held calling for the return of the disputed islands it calls the Northern Territories.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had told a rally he was determined to press ahead with negotiations with Russia for the return of the islands.

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