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On his interception from the air bases Haykuri and Hamamatsu were raised 22 Japanese fighter aircraft F-15 and aircraft of early detection and guidance AWACS.
According to the Japanese military, the incident happened around 07:30 local time (22:30 on February 8, GMT).
According to the Ministry of Defense of Japan, the Russian bomber flew to the south – from the Sea of Okhotsk towards the Pacific Ocean. In the area of the northern part of the island range of Ogasawara, he changed course and violated the air border over the rocks of Sofu-iswa in the southern part of the Izu Islands, then turned around and, presumably, along the same route through the Sea of Okhotsk, returned to Russia.
In connection with the air incident, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over a note of protest to the Russian embassy in Tokyo.
“The fact of such treatment by Japan was,” the embassy official confirmed to ITAR-TASS.
“We will understand and decide how to react to this.” Of course, we must report this [content of the note] to Moscow, “the diplomat added.
Head of the Information and Public Relations Service of the Russian Air Force Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky dismissed Japanese claims as unfounded.
“Air Force planes carried out their assigned tasks and did not violate the airspace of Japan.The flights of strategic aviation aircraft went according to plan and were carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states,” he said. in Moscow.
At the headquarters of the Far Eastern Air Force and Air Defense Association in Khabarovsk, Interfax was informed that it had not been planned at the weekend for aviation flights.
Strategic bombers, one of which was mentioned by the Japanese side in connection with the incident, are part of the 37th Air Army of the Supreme High Command (long-range aviation).
In August last year, Russian strategic aviation resumed flights over the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, which had not been conducted since 1992.
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