July 23, 2019 / 7:03 AM / a month ago

Russia denies its strategic bombers violated S.Korean air space

MOSCOW, July 23 (Reuters) - Russia’s Ministry of Defence on Tuesday denied that its strategic bombers had violated South Korean air space and accused South Korean jets of carrying out dangerous manoeuvres that threatened its aircraft, the RIA news agency reported.

Defence officials in Seoul said earlier that the South Korean air force had fired hundreds of warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that illegally entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday.

But Russia’s defence ministry denied that and said South Korean pilots had not communicated with the Russian bombers.

This was not the first time that South Korean pilots had interfered with a Russian military flight over neutral waters, the ministry said. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, Andrew Osborn; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)

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