Two Russian Tu-95 bombers and one A-50 airborne AWACS plane entered South Korean airspace, twice, and received 360 rounds of warning shots.
Russia denied that South Korea fired any warning rounds.
I believe this last report is in error, although the source is AP, and they are seldom wrong.
- “two Chinese bombers also entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone without prior notice.” Korean Herald
Russia is disputing the fact that it entered South Korean airspace.
Ah, The Moscow Times sheds light on the issue:
The issue is probably akin to a Right of Passage flight by Russia and China, I believe. South Korea is claiming a portion of international airspace to be within their Air Defense Zone.
That is not really the issue, however. What we should consider is, “why now?” What message is Russia and China sending? Why is Russia irritating South Korea? They’re not really trying to provoke a shooting war, they’re not trying to pressure South Korea into any action or inaction, so the question remains – why now?