S. Korea, Russia Differ Over Warning Shots Fired at Aircraft
South Korea says it fired 360 warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane violated South Korea's airspace two times.
Russian officials quickly disputed the claim. They also said Russia was carrying out joint air exercises with China.
South Korea says three Russian military planes entered the South's air defense area off its east coast. It says one of the Russian planes flew into South Korean airspace.
South Korean reports say several South Korean fighter planes then flew to the area. They fired warning shots with machine guns and flares.
Defense officials in Seoul said the Russian plane left the area after about three minutes. But they said the plane later returned and violated the country's airspace again for four minutes. The officials said the South Korean fighter planes then fired more flares and warning shots.
South Korea said it was the first time a foreign military plane had violated its airspace since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
The commander of Russia's long-range air forces denied both the report that planes had violated South Korean airspace and the report of shots.
Russia's Defense Ministry said it does not recognize South Korea's claim to the air territory. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the area was not territorial airspace and that all countries enjoy freedom of movement in it.
The airspace that South Korea says the Russian warplane violated is above a group of South Korean-held islands about halfway between South Korea and Japan. Japan also claims ownership of the islands.
Japan protested to South Korea for firing warning shots over Japanese airspace. It also protested to Russia for violating its airspace.
South Korea answered that it cannot accept the Japanese statement, repeating that the islands are South Korean territory.
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1.military plane 军用飞机
You shot down an American military plane.
2.air territory 领空
The bill bans any invasion of sovereign territory, air space and maritime zones.
3.carrying out 实施
They vented their anger by carrying out arson attacks.
4.joint exercises 联合演习
The South Korean ministry of defence said the joint exercises will continue as planned.
5.The airspace that South Korea says the Russian warplane violated is above a group of South Korean-held islands about halfway between South Korea and Japan.
a group of 一组；一群
Suddenly the door opened and a group of children burst in.
I came across a group of children playing.
6.South Korea said it was the first time a foreign military plane had violated its airspace since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
it was the first time 首次
It was the first time Jane and I had been apart for more than a few days
It was the first time she had seen him in person.
俄罗斯官员很快反驳了这一说法 。他们还表示，俄罗斯正在与中国进行联合空中演习 。
韩国表示，三架俄罗斯军用飞机进入韩国东海岸的防空识别区 。韩国方面称，其中一架俄罗斯飞机进入韩国领空 。
韩国报告指出，随后韩国派数架战机飞往该空域 。韩方发射机炮炮弹示警 。
首尔的国防官员称，俄方飞机约3分钟后离开该空域 。但是他们指出，这架飞机随后折返并再次侵犯韩国领空，停留了4分钟 。这些官员称，韩国战机随后发射炮弹，鸣枪示警 。
俄罗斯国防部表示，不认可韩方声称的“入侵领空”言论 。中国外交部回应称，该空域不在领空范围内，所有国家均享有在该地区活动的自由 。
韩方声称的俄罗斯战机所侵犯空域位于韩国管辖的一组岛屿的上空，这些岛屿大致位于韩国和日本之间 。日本也宣称对这些岛屿拥有主权 。
日本抗议韩国在日本领空鸣枪示警 。它还对俄罗斯侵犯其领空提出抗议 。