Russia and China have successfully conducted joint strategic aviation patrols. This was reported by the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, December 22.
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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, long-range aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Chinese Air Force in the Asia-Pacific region were accompanied by F-15 fighters of the Japanese Air Force at certain stages of the flight.
“The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, reported to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, on the successful accomplishment of tasks during joint air patrols by long-range aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Chinese Air Force in the Asia-Pacific region,” the ministry said.
It is specified that the flight duration was 10 hours.
Earlier, on December 22, South Korean fighters took off in connection with the arrival of 19 Russian and Chinese military aircraft into the country’s air defense identification zone (KADIZ).
As noted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JOC) of the Republic of Korea’s armed forces, the Chinese military has warned South Korea that their aircraft are conducting routine exercises before entering its air defense identification zone. At the same time, none of the aircraft violated the territorial airspace of South Korea.
In July 2019, the Russian and Chinese military conducted the first joint long-range aviation patrol in the APR. They also did not violate the airspace of other countries.