South Korean Claims of Warning Shots to Russian Jets Disputed by Moscow

Russian Defense Ministry handout footage provided by AP shows Russian Bomber TU-95MS at an unspecified location. Bomber TU-95MS. The footage was released September 12, 2018.

South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea’s airspace off the country’s east coast, Seoul officials said in an announcement that was quickly disputed by Russia.

South Korea said three Russian military planes — two Tu-95 bombers and one A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft — entered the South’s air defense identification zone off its east coast before the A-50 intruded in South Korean airspace. Russia said later that two of its Tu-95MS bombers were on a routine flight over neutral waters and didn’t enter South Korean territory.