According to Reuters, Japan sent two combat fighter planes scrambling, after two Russian fighter jets reportedly flew into Japanese airspace. Russia, however, denied its jets intruded on Japan’s air, the report continues.
Russia is presently holding military maneuvers near Kurile Islands. The maneuvers come at a volatile time; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to go to Russia within the next couple week to discuss disputed territories, which include the island region, Reuters reports.
“I had telephone talks with President Putin in December and told him I would like to work to find a mutually acceptable solution to this last-remaining major problem between Japan and Russia,” Mr. Abe said, of his upcoming talks, according to Reuters.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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