Russia "Chased Off" US Navy Destroyer From Its Waters: Defence Ministry

Elias Hubbard
Ноября 24, 2020

The US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG 56) was "aggressively approached" by Russian Navy destroyer ADMIRAL VINOGRADOV on Nov 24 in Peter The Great Gulf waters, Japan sea, when American destroyer attempted to exercise the right of freedom of navigation in worldwide waters beyond Russian territorial waters.

The incident took place in the Peter the Great Gulf, it said.

The Peter the Great Gulf is a gulf on the southern coast of Primorsky Krai, Russia, and the largest gulf of the Sea of Japan. By drawing this closing line, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics attempted to claim more internal waters - and territorial sea farther from shore - than it is entitled to claim under global law. All of our operations are created to be conducted in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever worldwide law allows - regardless of the location of excessive maritime claims and regardless of current events. "Admiral Vinogradov, which was tracking the USA destroyer, warned the foreign vessel, through an worldwide communications channel, of the inadmissibility of such actions and of the potential of resorting to ramming to force the violator out of territorial waters".

The U.S ship had immediately returned to neutral waters after being warned off, the defence ministry said in a statement. USS JOHN S. MCCAIN had to turn back and leave the area.

"McCain conducted this FONOP in accordance with worldwide law and continued to conduct normal operations in global waters", Keiley said. "The United States will never bow in intimidation or be coerced into accepting illegitimate maritime claims, such as those made by the Russian Federation". This year, the Navy has sent at least six vessels near contested islands in both seas to challenge Beijing's claims there.

The Russian Navy ship was dangerously close to the US guided-missile destroyer, the Navy's announced today.

This freedom of navigation operation ("FONOP") upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in global law by challenging Russia's excessive maritime claims.

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