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Japan and South Korea scramble planes to shadow Russian bombers

A Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber lands at the Yemelyanovo airport near Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.   © Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Japan and South Korea scrambled jets to shadow two Russian strategic bombers over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday, citing Russia's Defence Ministry.

"At certain stages of the route, Tu-95MS were accompanied by a couple of F-15 and F-16 fighters (South Korean Air Force) and F-2 (Japanese Air Force)," TASS cited the ministry as saying.

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