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Russian Fighter Jets Breach Japanese Air Space: Tokyo

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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.