Putin challenged: USA missile destroyer sailed near Vladivostok

US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer challenged Russia's maritime claims by sailing in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay, the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan and home to Vladivostok, port for the Russian navy's Pacific Fleet, according to CNN and U.S. Naval Institute News.

The U.S. Navy has conducted a so-called freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) near disputed waters in the Sea of Japan, it said Thursday, to challenge "excessive maritime claims" made by Russian Federation in the area.

Nor did the Navy leave any ambiguity about why the USS McCampbell made the journey.

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed through waters claimed by Russian Federation in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, challenging Moscow's ownership of the area for the first time since the end of the Cold War. However, Russia claims the entirety of Peter the Great Bay, extending well beyond 12 nautical miles from sections of the coast.

The US Navy has not conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the area since 1987 during the height of the Cold War, a naval source told CNN.

"These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows", McMarr said, according to CNN.

Tensions stay excessive between Moscow and Washington and have escalated additional since the final week when Russian Federation captured three Ukrainian ships and 24 Ukrainian sailors within the Sea of Azov. "This applies to both the sea of Japan and to other places around the world", said Makmur. He said the latest USA operation in the Sea of Japan may indicate increasing United States concern about Russia's posturing in the Pacific.

Citing three unnamed officials, CNN also revealed Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has begun making preparations to deploy a warship to the Black Sea.

McMarr said the freedom of navigation operations are "not about any one country, nor are they about current events".

The US Navy sent a warship to challenge Russia's maritime claims in the East Sea/Sea of Japan on Wednesday amid rising tensions between the military superpowers.

NATO has accusedRussia of developing weapons in violation of the treaty, and the State Department has warned Russian Federation that it has 60 days to return to compliance or the treaty is finished.

The anti-Russia deployments and preparations by the U.S. Navy come amid heightened stress between Moscow and the West over Russia's seizure of two small Ukrainian military ships, a tugboat, and their crews on November 25.

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