Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

USA destroyer conducts freedom-of-navigation operation near Russian Federation amid heightened tensions

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mc Campbell in a 2015 The guided-missile destroyer USS Mc Campbell in a 2015
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2018, 22:02

Last week, the US Navy sailed the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville near contested islands in the South China Sea, an operation that drew an immediate diplomatic protest from Beijing. While Russia has ratified the convention, the USA has not.

CNN reported that the State Department has notified Turkey of the intent to send a warship through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, which requires a 15-day notice under the terms of the 1936 Montreux Convention.

The Navy sent a guided-missile destroyer into Russian-claimed waters in the Sea of Japan in what it called a "freedom of navigation" operation on Wednesday.

"The United States seeks a better relationship with Russian Federation, but this can not happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere", he said.

Recall that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has promised to send Russian Federation a clear call not to use the annexation of Crimea and illegally built Kerch bridge for non-admission of ships of Ukrainian Navy to the sea of Azov.

Freedom of navigation operations "are not about any one country, nor are they about current events", her statement said. The last time the U.S. Navy sailed in the area was 1987, the same year the U.S. signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russian Federation. If not, he added, "it should be clear by now that when (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is not confronted, he will continue to act aggressively against the interests of the United States and our allies".

Amid the flurry of Russian and United States activity, the President has been relatively quiet.

China has also repeatedly criticised US Air Force bomber overflights in the region. "Not happy about it at all". "And hopefully it will get straightened out".

Korotchenko's warning of Russian submarines surfacing off the USA coast echoes an analogous pledge made by American rival Iran late final 12 months.

Last week Donald Trump cancelled a planned meeting with Mr Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina because of Russia's renewed campaign of aggression against Ukraine. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US will suspend its obligations under the treaty in 60 days, and he accused Russian Federation of "cheating" on the deal.

"We have the corresponding forces of our submarine fleet there", the defense expert warned.

Under worldwide maritime law, nations' territorial rights extend only 12 miles from shore.