The Japanese General Staff said in a short statement Thursday that it had deployed fighter jets after it spotted two Russian “reconnaissance” planes, one in the Pacific and the other in the Sea of Japan.
“In response, fighters from the Japan Self-Defense Forces Air Corps and other units were deployed,” he added.
This is not the first time such an incident has occurred, but it occurred days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attended the G7 summit in Hiroshima (western Japan), at which time the participating countries reaffirmed. Support for Kiev in the face of Russian aggression.
Japan has applied economic and financial sanctions against Moscow established by the G7 and other Western countries since Russia launched an offensive in Ukraine 15 months ago.
Until recently, the Japanese government tried to improve relations with Moscow, but now sees Russia’s military power in the Far East and cooperation with China as a serious threat to its homeland security.
In May 2022, Russian and Chinese jets made a joint flight near Japan just before the leaders of the Quad Group, an unofficial Asia-Pacific security alliance that includes Australia, India, Japan and the United States, met in Tokyo.