Russia threatens 'ramming maneuver' against U.S. Navy ship in Sea of Japan
Added 11-24-20 10:35:02am EST - “The Russian military on Tuesday threatened to ram a U.S. Navy ship that was conducting freedom-of-navigation operations in the Sea of Japan, the latest in a series of close military encounters between the two nations.” - Washingtontimes.com
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The Russian military on Tuesday threatened to ram a U.S. Navy ship that was conducting freedom-of-navigation operations in the Sea of Japan, the latest in a series of close military encounters between the two nations.
The U.S. Navy said that the USS John S. McCain was sailing in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan as a way to challenge “Russia’s excessive maritime claims” in the region. Russian forces then warned the American vessel to vacate the area, claiming that it had crossed about a mile into Russian territorial waters.
“The Pacific Fleet’s Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine destroyer used an international communication channel to warn the foreign vessel that such actions were unacceptable and the violator could be forced out of the country’s territorial waters in a ramming maneuver,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. “After the warming was issued and the Admiral Vinogradov changed its course, the USS John S. McCain destroyer returned to international waters.”
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The U.S. Navy, however, painted the situation differently. American officials said the operation was meant to demonstrate that Washington does not accept a 106-mile closing line along the Great Bay that Moscow has claimed as its own territory since 1984.
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