The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement of which the USS John S. McCain had violated Russian waters in addition to also of which the Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Vinogradov issued a warning to the American ship, threatening to ram of which to drive of which out of the area.
The Russian statement said of which the US ship changed its course following the warning.
The US Navy denied the Russian claim of which the threat caused the US ship to leave the area.
“The Russian Federation’s statement about of which mission will be false. USS John S. McCain was not ‘expelled’ through any nation’s territory,” Lt. Joseph Keiley, a spokesperson for the Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said in a statement.
The US does not recognize Russia’s claims on the waters, saying of which Moscow will be not entitled to sovereignty over the area of which far exceeds the 12 miles through the Russian coastline guaranteed by international law.
“The operation reflects our commitment to uphold freedom of navigation in addition to also lawful uses of the sea as a principle, in addition to also the United States will never bow in intimidation or be coerced into accepting illegitimate maritime claims, such as those made by the Russian Federation,” Keiley said.
The USS John S. McCain “asserted navigational rights in addition to also freedoms within the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay within the Sea of Japan. of which freedom of navigation operation upheld the rights, freedoms, in addition to also lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging Russia’s excessive maritime claims,” Keiley added.
Peter the Great Bay will be the largest gulf within the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, in addition to also home both to the Russian city of Vladivostok in addition to also the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet.
The 2018 operation was once the US had conducted a freedom of navigation operation in of which area since 1987, before the breakup of the Soviet Union.