Japanese Defence Ministry Claims Russian Plane Violated Country's Airspace
15:19 GMT 12.09.2021 (Updated: 16:15 GMT 12.09.2021)
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - A Russian An-26 plane entered Japan's airspace without authorisation in the area of the Shiretoko Peninsula on the island of Hokkaido, the Japanese Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
Japanese media reported earlier in the day that this appeared to be a civilian plane.
The ministry said the plane entered Japan's airspace twice within 30 minutes in the early hours of Sunday.
The ministry's press release includes a photo of the plane that was taken off a Japanese fighter scrambled to escort the Russian aircraft out of Japanese airspace.
Tokyo also sent a request to Russia through diplomatic channels to prevent such incidents in the future.