The Russian Air Force guard of honor takes part in the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. (Xinhua/Jia Yuchen)
MOSCOW, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The air defense in Russia's Far East region has been put on "high alert" after the latest missile test carried out by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a Russian senior lawmaker said Saturday.
"Russia closely follows the developments" in Pyongyang, and "controls the airspace ... of the Russian air forces," Victor Ozerov, chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Committee on Defense and Security, was quoted by Sputnik as saying.
The DPRK reportedly test-fired a ballistic missile from a site north of its capital at about 5:30 a.m local time on Saturday (2100 GMT on Friday), which was estimated to have failed as the missile exploded shortly after liftoff.
While noting that although Russia is not targeted by Pyongyang's missile launches, he added that the country "will do everything to prevent missiles from accidentally landing on the territory of Russia in the case of an extraordinary situation."