Russian destroyer ‘aggressively’ approaches USA warship in Sea of Japan

US Navy destroyer challenges Russia’s claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan

Russia vs. US Navies incident in Japan sea

By conducting this operation, the United States demonstrated that these waters are not Russia's territorial sea and that the United States does not acquiesce in Russia's claim that Peter the Great is a "historic bay" under global law.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday one of its warships caught and chased off a U.S. destroyer operating illegally in its territorial waters in the Sea of Japan, but the U.S. Navy denied wrongdoing by its vessel and accused Moscow of making excessive maritime claims. "Admiral Vinogradov, which was tracking the United States destroyer, warned the foreign vessel, through an global communications channel, of the inadmissibility of such actions and of the potential of resorting to ramming to force the violator out of territorial waters".

"By conducting this operation, the United States demonstrated that these waters are not Russia's territorial sea and that the United States does not acquiesce in Russia's claim that Peter the Great is a "historic bay" under worldwide law", Keiley added.

The Russian statement said that the USA ship changed its course following the warning.

In 1984, the Soviet Union claimed the bay as its internal waters by drawing a 106-nautical mile closing line along its coasts.

"By conducting this operation, the United States demonstrated that these waters are not Russia's territorial sea and that the United States does not acquiesce in Russia's claim that Peter the Great is a "historic bay" under worldwide law", the statement continued. "USS John S. McCain was not "expelled" from any nation's territory".

US Navy destroyer challenges Russia’s claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan
USS John S. McCain challenges Russia's claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan

"McCain conducted this FONOP in accordance with global law and continued to conduct normal operations in worldwide waters", Keiley said.

"The Russian Federation's statement about this mission is false".

Freedom-of-navigation operations are meant to refute territorial claims and demonstrate a right to open navigation, according to the Navy.

"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", the statement said.

But the U.S. Navy said its warship had been in global waters throughout as it carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation to assert its rights and challenge what it said were Russia's excessive maritime claims.

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