USS John S. McCain certified for return to operations
USA: destroyer &# 171; John McCain&# 187; carried out an operation to ensure free navigation
Earlier, Russia said that a US warship entered its territorial waters
On November 24, the US destroyer John McCain exercised its right to free navigation in the Peter the Great Gulf of the Sea of Japan, the US Seventh Fleet said on Tuesday. As noted in the statement, through this operation to ensure freedom of navigation, the rights to the legal use of sea space were defended in accordance with the provisions of international law, and the excessive territorial claims of Russia were challenged..
“Through this operation, the United States demonstrated that these waters are not Russia’s territorial sea and that the United States does not agree with Russia’s claims that Peter the Great Bay has historical status under international law,” the statement said..
“All of our operations are organized in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States, whether in the air or at sea, will act wherever permitted by international law,” the Seventh Fleet said..
Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said a Russian warship had discovered an American destroyer operating in Russian territorial waters off the Sea of Japan..
According to the department, the destroyer “John McCain” went over the sea border for two kilometers and returned to neutral waters after the warning of the Russian anti-submarine ship “Admiral Vinogradov”.
“… The United States will never allow itself to be intimidated or tricked into accepting illegal maritime claims like those made by the Russian Federation,” Seventh Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Keiley said. – The statement of the Russian Federation about this mission is false. The destroyer “John McCain” was not “ousted” from the territory of any country “.
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