Japan scrambles jets after a pair of Russian bombers intrude
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after a pair of Russian bombers briefly intruded into the country's airspace, officials said.
The two Tu-95 planes breached airspace near the isle of Okinoshima off Fukuoka in southern Japan for nearly two minutes shortly after midday (11:00 am Singapore time), a defence ministry spokesman said.
"A total of four F-2 planes from the Air Self-Defence Force scrambled against them," the official said.
The Japanese foreign ministry said it filed a formal protest with the Russian embassy in Tokyo over the violation and urged them to investigate it.