US Challenges Russian Claims in Sea of Japan


This was reported by press Secretary of the Pacific fleet, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Rachel Macmar, reports RBC-Ukraine with reference to CNN.

The goal of the operation was to uphold the rights, freedom and lawful uses of the sea for the United States and other nations, said a statement by U.S. Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Lt. j.g.

Makmur called the maneuver a US destroyer operation "Free navigation".

According to multiple news outlets, a Pacific Fleet spokesperson said the ship, a guided-missile destroyer, conducted a "freedom of navigation operation" Wednesday.

According to U.S. officials, these operations are created to ensure respect for the right of free passage in global waters and to challenge excessive claims.

Pacific Fleet stressed to CNN that Wednesday's freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) was "not about any one country, nor are they about current events", adding, "These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows". According to her, it is not only Japan sea but also "other places" around the world.

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Throughout the sailing, the US warship was escorted and moved under the control of the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs and several warplanes of Russia's Pacific Fleet's naval aviation that were in close proximity, the Russian Ministry of Defence says further.

A U.S. Navy official told CNN that the U.S. does not recognize Russia's claims on the waters, saying that Moscow lays claim to areas that far exceed the 12 miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed by worldwide law.

While the US Navy conducts such freedom of navigation operations all over the world, they come under increased scrutiny when they are aimed at contesting claims made by Russian Federation and China.

The U.S. Navy has conducted several such operations in the South China Sea, sailing past islands claimed by China near Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands.

The US naval operation in Russian-claimed waters comes amid deepening tension between the 2 countries over Russia's seizure last month of Ukrainian naval vessels. Under the 1936 Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits, governments must secure permission from Turkey 15 days before seeking to enter the Bosporus Straits, the only route into the Black Sea from the Mediterranean Sea.

"We routinely conduct operations to advance security and stability throughout the United States 6th Fleet area of operations to include the global waters and airspace of the Black Sea", fleet spokesman Commander Kyle Raines told CNN.