U.S. destroyer challenges Russian claims in Sea of Japan

08 December, 2018, 22:00 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

The representative of the Navy stressed that the U.S. does not recognize Russia's claims to water areas, and said that Moscow claims in areas that far exceed guaranteed under global law to 12 miles from the Russian coast.

Nor did the Navy leave any ambiguity about why the USS McCampbell made the journey.

The move is part of what the Navy calls "freedom of navigation operation", which challenges nations that claim sovereignty over waters beyond the 12 nautical miles allowed by worldwide maritime law.

The U.S. frequently conducts freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea to challenge China's claims to islands which are contested by a number of countries in Southeast Asia.

"We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with worldwide laws and norms", he also said.

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

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The Pentagon is ramping up its naval muscle, sending USA ships off the coast of Russian Federation and considering a naval show of force in the Black Sea where Moscow has been aggressive, Pentagon officials said Thursday. Vladivostok is located along the edge of the bay and hosts the headquarters of the Russian Pacific Fleet.

This week, the Kremlin's defense ministry reportedly acknowledged that Russian Federation is holding naval war exercises and surface-to-air missile drills in the Black Sea region.

A spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry said Russian Federation "scrupulously abides by the provisions of the treaty, and the USA side knows this".

"Russia must know that the United States will not allow them to militarize worldwide waterways in key areas such as the Black Sea, the Sea of Japan or Okhotsk, or elsewhere", Zilberman said.

Also on Wednesday, CNN reported that the United States has begun making the necessary preparations to sail a warship into the Black Sea as a possible response to Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors following a clash in the Kerch Strait.

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



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