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Reuters: Japan scrambles jets amid Russian and Chinese naval patrol in Pacific 

TOKYO, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Japan said on Friday it scrambled fighter jets after two Russian IL-38 information-gathering aircraft were spotted flying between the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea where Russia is holding a joint naval patrol and exercise with China. 

Russian and Chinese navy ships have been jointly patrolling the Pacific Ocean and holding naval exercises in the East China Sea, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Friday. 

 “In the East China Sea, an exercise was conducted to replenish ships with water and fuel supplies from support vessels,” the ministry said. 

“A detachment of ships of the Russian Navy and the PLA Navy is currently operating in the waters of the East China Sea and has covered more than 6,400 nautical miles since the beginning of the patrol.”  

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WNU Editor: The Japanese are also responding to Russia patrol aircraft …. Japan Scrambles Jets After Russian Planes Spotted Off Coasts (AFP). 

Update: China is telling Japan to stop interfering in their joint maritime patrols with Russia …. China urges Japan to stop interfering in China-Russia joint maritime patrol (CGTN). 

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