Aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces landed for the first time at a Chinese airfield as part of joint air patrols with the Chinese Air Force, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
“For the first time in the course of joint air patrols, Russian aircraft landed at an airfield in China, and Chinese aircraft landed at an airfield in Russia,” the ministry said in a statement.
Earlier, strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Chinese Air Force conducted joint patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“On November 30, 2022, the Aerospace Forces of Russia and the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army [PLA] of China conducted another joint air patrol in the Asia-Pacific region. An air group consisting of Tu-95ms strategic missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Hong-6k strategic bombers of the PLA Air Force carried out air patrols over the waters of Japan and East China Seas,” the ministry said in a statement.
The flight of the Russian bombers lasted about eight hours. The aircraft were escorted by Su-30SM and Su-35S fighters of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the ministry added.
“While performing tasks, the aircraft of both countries acted strictly in accordance with the provisions of international law. There were no violations of the airspace of foreign states … The event was held as part of the implementation of the provisions of the military cooperation plan for 2022 and was not directed against third countries,” the ministry said in a statement.
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