Russia claims to have driven a U.S. ship that allegedly tried to intervene in Russian territorial waters during Russian-Chinese naval exercises in the Sea of Japan. The United States has not yet commented on the allegation. The incident is reported at a time when relations between Moscow and the United States as well as other Western countries are at their lowest levels since the end of the Cold War.
The dispute concerns Russia’s interference in the US election, the conflict in Ukraine and cyber-attacks alleged by Russian hackers. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the Russian ship approached the American one after warnings to leave the area were ignored.
After “making an attempt to cross the Russian sea border,” the U.S. ship changed direction and sped out of the area at a time when the two ships were only 60 meters apart, the ministry said. Earlier, the ministry said Russia and China had held joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan.
The exercises were intended to demonstrate the power of destroying enemy vessels. There have been a number of potentially dangerous incidents between Russian and NATO fighter jets recently. NATO has accused Moscow of aggressive maneuvers in the air and at sea.
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