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Japanese fighters were mobilized this Friday after Russian patrol planes were spotted flying over the area between the Sea of ​​Japan and the East China Seareleased the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Japan.

two russian planes flew along the central and southern coast of Japancrossing the Tsushima Strait, which connects the two seas and separates South Korea from Japan, before returning by the same route, according to the same source, in a brief statement.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets “were sent in response” to this situationadded the Japanese General Staff.

This episode takes place at a time when the Russia and China are conducting joint naval maneuverswith a detachment from the respective navies operating in the East China Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.


In June, China and Russia conducted a joint air patrol over the Japan and East China Seaswhich led South Korea to send fighter jets to the area as a precautionary measure.

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This Friday’s incident also happens on the day when an unprecedented trilateral summit is held near Washington between the United States, South Korea and Japan, with the aim of send a unity signal to China and North Korea.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, receives this Friday the Japanese Prime MinisterFumio Kishida, and the South Korean head of state, Yoon Suk-yeol, at Camp David, the US Presidency’s vacation residence, located on the outskirts of Washington.

The three countries should establish a “emergency communication channel” in a region that lives under the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program and fears an invasion of the island of Taiwan by China, according to official sources throughout the week.

Japan joined Western allies in sanctioning Moscow after its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine and warned of the level of threat Russia poses.

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In the latest security document signed by the Japanese authorities, who in the past have even advocated closer cooperation and ties with Russia, Tokyo warns that Moscow’s joint military exercises with China are a problem.


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