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(LEAD) S. Korea summons Russian military envoy over violation of air defense zone

All Headlines 15:40 July 14, 2018

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SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's defense ministry said Saturday it summoned a Russian military envoy over Russian planes' violation of the country's air defense identification zone (KADIZ).

The Ministry of Defense said Park Chul-kyun, deputy director-general for international policy of the ministry, summoned Andrey Falileev, Russia's military attache to South Korea, to protest Russian military planes' unauthorized entry into the KADIZ on Friday.

"Russian military planes' KADIZ entry will not help efforts to stabilize the Korean Peninsula as well as Northeast Asia," Park told Falileev, according to the ministry. "Since there is also a possibility of mid-air collision, we request Russia to recognize the seriousness of this issue and look for measures to prevent such incidents from happening again."

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its director-general for European Affairs Jung Ki-hong summoned Maxim Volkov, the No. 2 diplomat at the Russian Embassy to South Korea, and expressed regret over the KADIZ violation.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Friday that two Russian military planes violated the KADIZ four times and flew away following warnings.

Russian aircrafts have entered the KADIZ several times this year, but this was the first time that they have breached it four times in a day, a JCS official was quoted as saying on condition of anonymity.

The Russian planes appear to be TU-95 warplanes, a source said. Observers presumed that the Russian planes might have violated the KADIZ to practice long-distance operations or to probe neighboring states to check their responses.


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