The Japanese have apparently decided to get involved. They have registered protests against both South Korea and Russia for violating Japanese air space. Japan claims the islands as being Japanese territory.
Japan on Tuesday criticized South Korea for taking action against a Russian plane over what Japan says is its airspace, after Japan lodged a protest against both South Korea and Russia over the incident.
"Takeshima is Japan's territory," Foreign Minister Taro Kono told a news conference, referring to an island claimed by both South Korea and Japan. South Korea calls the island Dokdo.