Published: Thu, December 06, 2018

Russian Navy Escorted US Warship Near Contested Pacific Waters

Russian Navy Escorted US Warship Near Contested Pacific Waters

The US Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russian Federation.

The USS McCampbell sailed near the Peter the Great Bay to "challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims" in what is known under global norms as a "freedom of navigation operation".

It is the first time since 1987 when a USA warship conducted a freedom of navigation operation close to Russian territorial waters in the Peter the Great Bay, the navy official boasted.

A US guided-missile destroyer sailed provocatively close to waters claimed by Russian Federation in the Sea of Japan, reports say Wednesday.

She said: "These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows".

Washington does not recognize Moscow's territorial claims beyond 12 miles off the coastline of the Peter the Great Bay, a large gulf located in the Sea of Japan, which is known as the East Sea on the nearby Korean Peninsula. "That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe", McMarr said.

The McCampbell's operation comes at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington.


The INF treaty, signed by ex-US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev in 1987, bans the development and deployment of cruise missiles with ranges between 500km and 5,500km.

Tensions between the two nations have reached boiling point after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announced the US would pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in 60 days unless Russian Federation addresses what he called Moscow's "flagrant disregard" of its terms.

In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would walk away from the treaty if the USA did the same.

The United States has also objected to Russia's seizing of three Ukrainian vessels it accused of having trespassed on Russian waters in the Black Sea last month.

CNN reported that the Pentagon had asked the State Department to inform Turkey that it planned to send a warship to the Black Sea.

Last month, Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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