China-Russia joint aerial patrol targets no third parties: spokesperson

Chen Zhuo
2019-07-25 00:36:23

BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese military spokesperson said Wednesday that a China-Russia joint aerial patrol was a planned cooperation program between the two countries and aimed at no third parties.

The aircraft of the two countries strictly followed the international laws and did not enter the airspace of any other country, said Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, at a press conference.

Chinese and Russian air forces held their first joint aerial patrol in Northeast Asia on Tuesday. China sent two H-6K bombers while Russia sent two Tu-95 MS planes to fly on fixed routes, Wu said.

The patrol is expected to strengthen the strategic coordination and joint operation capacity between the two militaries, Wu added.

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