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Six Russian aircraft close to Japanese airspace forced fighter jets to be scrambled today,NHK reported today.

Japanese defence forces first reacted after two Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers were seen close to the Japan airspace in Pacific Ocean.

Russia then sent two Ilyushin Il-38 fighters to an area near the coast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, and that same afternoon deployed two anti-submarine warfare aircraft, the Tupolev Tu-142, to the Sea of Japan.

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