US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

US Warship Poses Free Navigation 'Challenge' to Russia

Unlike Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis has consistently made his views on Russia's intentions known and has repeatedly warned that Putin aims to undermine North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the U.S. itself.

US Navy sends ship to Russia's Far East, reportedly prepares to enter Black Sea An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War.

As world leaders denounced Russia's aggression against Ukraine ahead of the G20 summit, Trump waited more than a day before offering a muted response, leaving the task of criticizing Moscow to the outgoing USA ambassador to the UN. He added that Washington's attempts to intimidate Moscow had been "ineffective and mindless".

"Russia has conducted a self-sufficient policy of its own and it keeps conducting it".

The US warship did not come closer than 100km to Russia's territorial waters and was monitored by the Russian Pacific Fleet's anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs.

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. It stressed that Moscow is swung to the space which exceeds a distance of 12 miles from the coast, as defined by worldwide law.

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The U.S. has regularly challenged China's claim to sovereignty in the South China Sea with regular sailings and air flights in the region, much to the displeasure of Beijing.

The official told CNN that this was the first time the USA has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in that area since 1987, when the Soviet Union was the government making those claims. According to her, it is not only Japan sea but also "other places" around the world.

This development comes after the heightened tensions between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russian Federation as the USA revealed it had intelligence evidence that Russia's new SSC-8 ground-fired cruise missile could give Moscow the ability to launch a nuclear strike in Europe.

The Kilo-class submarine, dubbed the "Black Hole" due to its ability to disappear suddenly, has been snapped leaving the major Black Sea port of Sevastopol.

The U.S. Navy is also preparing to send a warship into the Black Sea for the first time in a month to provide support to Ukraine after a naval skirmish with Russian Federation.

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