(Washington) Two Russian and U.S. warships came close to the incident in the Sea of Japan on Friday, with Russia accusing the U.S. Navy of being too close to its territorial waters, which Washington condemned.
5pm (4am ET), American Destroyer USS Chaffee, Which has been operating in the Sea of Japan for several days, “contacted the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and attempted to cross the border,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“Submarine resistance vessel Amaral Tributes, Issued a warning to the foreign ship regarding these unacceptable actions in the area, ”added a statement from Moscow.
«L ‘USS Chaffee, Convincing Russian crew to prevent violation of national borders, made a “U-turn” at 5:50 pm, when he was less than 60 meters awayAmaral Tributes, Guaranteed by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The Russian navy also said it was in an area “closed to navigation due to artillery fire as part of the Russian – Chinese Joint Sea 2021 maneuvers”.
The U.S. Navy responded that this was “false.”
L ‘USS Chaffee The U.S. Navy said in a statement that it was “conducting normal operations in the international waters of the Sea of Japan”, calling the interaction between the two ships “safe and professional.”
Washington acknowledged that Russia had informed U.S. sailors about the maneuvers in the area, but stressed that they were scheduled for “the next day.”
L ‘USS Chaffee The U.S. Navy added that it “respects international law and customs” and emphasizes that the United States “continues to fly, navigate and operate wherever international law permits.”
Incidents involving the Russian Navy are very rare in the Pacific. The area is dominated by China, which obscures the regular patrols conducted by the United States and its allies in the international waters of the region to assert their rights to freedom of navigation.