US Navy vessel sails through Russia-claimed waters

Howard TerryDec 08, 2018

"That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe", her statement declared, The Hill reported.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, demanded that the Kremlin "instantly stop its illegal conduct and respect the navigational rights and freedoms of all states", following the incident.

The U.S. warship conducted what the Navy refers to as a "Freedom of Navigation Operation", Lt. McMarr said.

Recall that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has promised to send Russian Federation a clear call not to use the annexation of Crimea and illegally built Kerch bridge for non-admission of ships of Ukrainian Navy to the sea of Azov.

The Peter the Great Gulf is the largest in the sea of Japan, there is a base of the Russian Pacific fleet. The presence of a U.S. destroyer in the area is comparable to a Russian sail-by of San Diego, California or Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

US media say the US Navy is also planning a similar operation in the Black Sea, where Crimea is located.

The US Navy called its sailing a "freedom of navigation" operation as it said Russia's claims far exceed the 12 nautical miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed under global maritime law.

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. While Russia has ratified the convention, the United States has not. The US objects to Russia's claim to an area of the bay beyond the 12 nautical miles.

"Russia's unprovoked assault on Ukrainian naval vessels within the Black Sea close to the Kerch Strait is a harmful escalation in a sample of more and more provocative and threatening exercise", the Pentagon stated in a press release, explaining the maneuver. Under the rules of the treaty, countries that do not have a coastline on the Black Sea are required to provide Turkey with at least 15 days' notice prior to transiting the straits. The US last had a ship in the area back in October.

"We routinely conduct operations to advance security and stability throughout the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to include the worldwide waters and airspace of the Black Sea", fleet spokesman Commander Kyle Raines told CNN.

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