Japan scrambles fighters after Russian jets approach island

Image: Russian SU-27/Wiki Japan's military scrambled fighters Thursday after two…

Image: Russian SU-27/Wiki

Japan’s military scrambled fighters Thursday after two Russian SU-27 jets entered Japanese airspace off Rishiri Island near the tip of Japan’s northernmost Hokkaido Island, according to the country’s Defense Ministry.

The Russian jets left Japanese airspace without incident after a little more than a minute, the ministry said.

Russia and Japan have squabbled over the islands — Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai — since the end of WWII, when Russian forces took over the islands, according to the Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry. Because of the dispute, the two countries never signed a peace treaty following the war.

Source: CNN

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