Japan scrambles fighter jets to head off six Russian bombers flying towards its air space amid rising tensions in the region following Trump's war of words with North Korea
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aircraft seen close to Japanese
airspace forced fighter jets to be scrambled today, according to reports in Tokyo.
Japanese defence forces first reacted after two Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers were seen close to the Pacific Ocean.
Soon afterwards two Russian Ilyushin Il-38 fighter jets were sent out to Hokkaido, which is Japan's most northern island, NHK reported today.
Japanese defence forces reacted after the Russian aircraft were seen close to Tokyo-ontrolled territory
A Tupolev Tu-142 aircraft, similar to the one shown, was deployed to the Sea of Japan by Russia
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The same day two anti-submarine aircraft, the Tupolev Tu-142 were deployed by Russia to the Sea of Japan, while two aircraft, believed to be the fighter jets, made a u-turn close to Tokyo after crossing the Pacific Ocean.
They then returned to Russian territory, it has been reported, and the Japanese military said the aircraft did not trespass into its territory.
The alert comes at a time of heightened tensions in the region, after Japanese Prime Minister described a North Korean missile test as a grave threat to the region.
Two Russian Ilyushin Il-38 fighter jets were sent out to Hokkaido, which is Japan's most northern island
Yesterday US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of 'looking for trouble' following missile tests
And Pyongyang has reacted angrily over a joint Japanese and American military exercise with US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.
A drill will be carried out in the East China Sea, according to reports, but North Korea has warned of 'catastrophic consequences', UPI
Yesterday US President Donald Trump said North Korea was 'looking for trouble' and the United States would 'solve the problem' with or without China's help.
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