US Warship Poses Free Navigation 'Challenge' to Russian Federation

Lester Mason
December 6, 2018

In a typical rah-rah fashion, the fleet's spokesperson, Lieutenant Rachel McMarr, claimed that the ship sailed there to "challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims".

A USA defense official said that Wednesday's operation was the first time the US had conducted a FONOP in that area since 1987, when the Soviet Union was the government making those claims, CNN reported.

A Navy official told the news outlet the United States does not recognize Russia's claims on the waters, explaining Moscow lays claim to areas exceeding the 12 miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed by global law.

"These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows", US Navy spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said.

The U.S. military has sent a message to Russian Federation by sailing through a disputed waterway near Japan.

The McCampbell's operation comes at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington. "That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe", her statement declared, The Hill reported.

Relations have turned particularly sour after United States president Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the Soviet-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

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.

He said the United States will produce, test and deploy new missiles now banned under the treaty, a move that could pave the way for a nuclear arms race.

The operation on Wednesday follows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement on Tuesday that the USA would pull out of the INF treaty unless Russian Federation addresses what he called Moscow's "flagrant disregard" of its terms.

Moscow claims three Ukrainian ships - two artillery ships and a tugboat - illegally encroached Russian territory as they headed from Odessa to Mariupol in the Black Sea at the end of November.

CNN reported Wednesday that the Navy is also preparing to sail a ship into the Black Sea in response to Russia's actions against Ukraine.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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