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Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jul 16, 2013
Two Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Air Force, flying a training mission as part of the snap troops inspection in the Eastern Military District, were followed by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets, the Russian Defense Minister has reported.
"The Russian planes' flight lasted 7 hours and 15 minutes. They were followed by two South Korean F-15K fighter jets and the Japanese self defense forces' F-4J, F-15J and F-2A pairs," it said in a statement received by Interfax-AVN on Monday.
"The flight proceeded over the neutral waters in the Sea of Japan north of the Japanese Islands," it says.
"All air missions were flown in strict accordance with the international rules of using air space over neutral waters without violating the borders of foreign countries," the Defense Ministry said.
The crews of the Tu-95MS strategic bombers from the Ukrainka strategic aviation base in the Amur region successfully performed an air patrol mission, perfecting their skills of flying over featureless terrain.
In various stretches of the flight they were escorted by Sukhoi Su-27SM fighter jets.
"Combined flights are a common practice which helps the crews gain flight experience, and perfect teamwork skills in missions flown by crews of different services of the Air Force," the Defense Ministry said.
Japan scrambles jets after 'Russian intrusion'
According to the ministry, two Tu-95 bombers flew over the Sea of ??Japan moving from the Korean Peninsula, then proceeded along the Japanese archipelago and flew away to the north of Hokkaido. Another plane, the IL-20, flew over the Kuril Islands. In this regard, the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighters were raised in the air.
A similar incident occurred earlier this year in April when the two long-range anti-submarine warfare aircrafts Tu-142 flew over the south-west coast of the island of Kyushu and the northern island of Hokkaido. Japanese Self-Defense Forces also raised their fighters in the air.
Earlier, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Japanese Self-Defense Forces said that a group of seven Russian warships had sailed through La Perouse Strait from the Japan Sea to the Sea of ??Okhotsk.
According to the Japanese military, it consisted of frigates and landing crafts. The Japanese military also recorded the passage of 16 Russian ships, including a guided missile cruiser, through the Sea of Okhotsk. It is believed that they are involved in the ongoing there large-scale military drills.
Source: Voice of Russia
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