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  • Japanese and South Korean fighter jets intercept Russian bombers

    Japan and South Korea scrambled fighters to escort two Russian strategic bombers over the neutral waters of the seas of Japan and East China, the Russian media reported on November 27, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

    “At separate stages of the route, the crews of the Tu-95MSs were escorted by a few F-15, F-16 (South Korean Air Force) and F-2 (Japanese Air Force) fighters,” the TASS news agency wrote, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

    On August 8, the UK’s Royal Air Force scrambled …

  • Japan protests airspace violation by Russia

    The Japanese government has protested a violation of its airspace over the Sea of Japan by Russian bombers, the Japanese news agency NHK reports.

    “We cannot allow such actions in our territory,” the country said in a statement delivered through diplomatic channels to Russia and South Korea.

    Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga objected to both Russia’s airspace violation and the warning shots fired by South Korea.

    “In light of Japan’s stance on sovereignty over Takeshima, the …

  • Russia to impose new tariffs on European goods

    Russia is planning to impose additional restrictions on goods imported from the EU. The Russian government has sent a corresponding notice to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

    The restrictions will be a response to the EU’s 25% tariff on Russian steel which came into force on 2 February, according to the notice published on the WTO website.

    The exact nature of the restrictions has not yet been decided, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development told Interfax.

    According to the WTO’s rules, …

  • The US accuses two Russian ports of violating sanctions against North Korea

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury stated that they suspect two Russian ports in Vladivostok and Nakhodka of violating the sanctions regime established by the UN Security Council against North Korea.

    According to the U.S. Treasury, vessels that participated in the transshipment of oil and coal to North Korean tankers visited Vladivostok and Nakhodka ports.

    In addition to the two Russian ports, this scheme also involved four ports in China, four in …

  • Russian ship with a drunken captain crashes into a bridge in South Korea

     Maritime Bulletin reported that on February 28th, the Russian Seagrand cargo ship crashed into a pillar of the Gwangan motorway bridge in the South Korean port of Busan.

    According to the newspaper, the vessel was from the port in Vladivostok and brought a cargo of steel products weighing one and a half thousand tons to South Korea. The incident occurred after unloading in the port of Busan.

    No one was injured, but the bridge and ship itself were severely damaged as a result of the collision. …

  • South Korea refuses to let Russian ships in because of US sanctions

    South Korea denied the ships of the Russian company Gudzon Shipping entry to the country’s ports, the Kommersant newspaper reports with reference to the company’s General Director, Gennady Kononenko.

    “I have documents showing that South Korean authorities denied the entry [to the ports],” Kononenko said.

    Kononenko added that the matter was related to the sanctions of the United States against companies suspected of oil trade with North Korea. The Director General of Gudzon Shipping stated …

  • Russian ship detained in South Korean port due to US sanctions

    The Russian cargo ship Sevastopol belonging to the Vladivostok-based Hudson shipping company has been detained in the South Korean Port of Busan, reported on Saturday, September 29, by Pyotr Osichansky, a representative of the International Transport Workers’ Federation of Russia (ITF) in the Far East.

    According to him, the Sevastopol was arrested by “an agent who does not give authorization for departure”. The vessel’s captain received a letter in Korean with the relevant information on the …

  • Seoul summons Russian diplomats over violation of South Korean air space by Russian strategic bombers

    The South Korean Ministry of Defense summoned the Russian military attaché, Andrei Falileev, "in protest against the unauthorized entry of Russian military aircraft into the South Korea's air defense identification zone," the agency Yonhap News reports with reference to statement of the South Korean Ministry of Defense.

    “The violation of the [South Korean] border by Russian bombers will not contribute to efforts to stabilize the situation on the Korean peninsula, as well as in Northeast Asia," …

  • US and South Korea begin large-scale military exercises

    On Sunday, April 1, South Korea and the United States began joint military exercises, which were postponed during the Olympics in Pyeongchang. More than 10,000 American troops and about 290,000 South Korean troops are participating in the Foal Eagle maneuvers, reports DW.

    The Foal Eagle exercises include ground troops, military aircraft, naval forces and special forces. Previously, the same number of troops participated in the exercises. Maneuvers will last about a month.

    The American-South …

  • Media: South Korea may postpone decommissioning of Russian tanks

    Seoul may postpone plans to phase out Russian T-80U tanks, despite problems with their compatibility with other equipment in the South Korean arsenal, Pohan News portal reported, citing MP Lee Chong Gol.

    The T-80U tanks and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles were delivered to the Republic of Korea in 1995 and 2002 as payment for the state debt of the USSR. It is expected that the South Korean army will gradually abandon the use of these vehicles in the period from 2018 to 2022.

    However, …