Russian Air Force on Saturday denied its military plane has intruded Japan's airspace, saying all the planes carried out tasks strictly in compliance with international regulations.
"Russian Air Force planes performed their planned duties and did not violate Japan's airspace. Strategic aircraft flights went according to plan strictly in compliance with international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating boundaries of other countries," Col. Alexander Drobyshevsky was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said Saturday that a Russian air force bomber briefly intruded into Japan's airspace in the morning and Japan had filed a strong protest over the intrusion, Kyodo News reported.
According to the report, a Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber intruded Japan's airspace over the southern part of the Izu Island chain at around 7:30 a.m. local time (2230 GMT, Friday). The intrusion lasted about three minutes over areas near the uninhabited isle of Sofugan, about 650 km south of Tokyo, it said.