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9 Feb, 2008 06:27

Russian bomber in Japan’s airspace: defence ministries dispute claims

The Japanese Defence Ministry claims that a Russian bomber has entered Japanese airspace. The incident allegedly took place the southern part of the Izu islands near Tokyo.

Twenty-four Japanese planes were scrambled to intercept the TU-95 bomber, which is alleged to have spent three minutes in Japanese airspace.

However, the Russian Air Force insists that strategic aircraft missions were carried out in accordance with international regulations.