Japanese defence ministry says two Russian fighters have violated Japan's air space

TOKYO. February 7. KAZINFORM Two Russian fighter jets on Thursday violated Japan's air space near the Island of Rishiri, northwest of Hokkaido. Japan's self-defence forces scrambled fighters in response, according to the Japanese defence ministry.

According to the Japanese defence ministry, the incident took place at 15:59 local time (09:59 Moscow time). No further details were provided.

The last violation of Japan's air space by Russian jets was reported in 2008. A Russian border service's An-72 plane entered Japan's air space near the Island of Rebun northwest of Hokkaido when it was chasing a poacher ship in Russia's territorial waters.

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