Posted on July 23, 2019
Officials said the plane violated the airspace over the Dokdo/Takeshima islands, which are occupied by Seoul but also claimed by Japan. South Korea’s Ministry of Defence said it scrambled fighter jets in response and fired 360 warning shots.
Russia has denied violating the country’s airspace. It says it was carrying out a planned drill over international waters.
This is the first incident of its kind between Russia and South Korea.
South Korea’s military said the aircraft was one of three Russian and two Chinese military warplanes that entered the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), where overseas aircraft must identify themselves beforehand, on Tuesday morning.
Russian and Chinese bombers and reconnaissance planes have occasionally entered the zone in recent years. However, South Korea said one of the Russian planes flew further and entered the country’s territorial airspace at around 09:00 local time (00:00 GMT). South Korean F-15k and F-16k planes were deployed to intercept it.