USS Safi “respects international law and customs”, Russia says, speaks of “unacceptable acts”
Of them Russian and American warships approached the scene On Friday in the Sea of Japan, Russia accused the U.S. Navy of moving too close to its territorial waters. At 5 p.m. (10 a.m. in France), USS Safi, an American destroyer operating in the Sea of Japan, “attempted to cross the border by approaching the territorial waters of the Russian Federation,” it said in a statement. Russian Ministry of Defense.
“Admiral Tribouts, an anti-submarine ship in the area, warned the foreign ship about these unauthorized actions,” the statement from Moscow said. The Russian Defense Ministry assures that the USS Safi “made a U-turn at 5:50 p.m.
Incident is rare
The Russian navy has declared the U.S. ship “in an area closed to infiltration due to artillery fire as part of the Russian-Chinese joint sea 2021 maneuvers.” The U.S. Navy responded that this was a “lie.” The US Navy said the USS Safi was “performing routine operations in international waters off the coast of Japan” and called the relationship between the two ships “safe and professional.”
Washington acknowledged that Russia had informed US sailors about the maneuvers in the area, but insisted that they had planned an “afternoon”. The US Navy added that USS Safi “respects international law and customs” and will continue to fly, guide and operate wherever international law allows. Events with the Russian Navy are rare in the Pacific. The region is dominated by China, which receives a blurred view of patrols carried out by the United States and its allies in the region’s international waters.
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