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Russian Fighter Jets Breach Japanese Air Space: Tokyo

  • VOA News

Map of Japan.

Map of Japan.

Japan says two Russian fighter jets briefly entered Japanese airspace near the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday.

The foreign ministry says the one-minute intrusion caused Japan's air force to scramble fighter jets in response.

Tokyo lodged a protest with Moscow over the incident, which it says was the first such intrusion in five years.

A Russian defense ministry spokesperson later denied that the jets had entered Japan's airspace.

The incident came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to resolve a 60-year feud with Russia over northern territories.