15 October (NWN) — The Russian Defense Ministry said it pursued a US Navy destroyer violating the country’s border near the Sea of Japan during a joint Moscow-Beijing military exercise.
Russia’s Admiral Tributes, the country’s largest Pacific Fleet anti-submarine ship, on Friday blocked the USS Chaffee from entering Russian-controlled waters, state-run Tass news agency reported.
The USS Chaffee, an Earl Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, had been operating in the Sea of Japan for several days and attempted to cross into Russian waters, the news agency quoted a Defense Ministry statement as saying.
Admiral Tributes warned the USS Chaffee that it was operating in an area closed to shipping due to artillery firing from the Russia-China Joint Sea 2021 exercise, according to TAS. Despite warnings, USS Chaffee “raised its colours,” indicating that a helicopter would take off from its deck. This meant that the course and speed of the ship would not change and it would by account violate the Russian border.
In response, Admiral Tributes set its course towards USS Chaffee, “chasing the intruder from Russian territorial waters”, according to Tas, citing the ministry’s statement.
“Convinced of the Russian warship’s resolve to prevent a breach of the state border, the guided-missile destroyer Chaffee reversed its course at 5:50 p.m., when its distance from the larger anti-submarine warship was 60 meters.” Admiral Tributes,” the ministry statement said.
The RT news agency, which is funded by the Russian government, posted a video of the incident from the Ministry of Defense on its website.
According to Tass, Russian military officials described the incident as a “gross violation” of international rules aimed at preventing maritime conflict.
US military officials have not issued a response. But Lucas Tomlinson, Pentagon correspondent for Fox News, but said Twitter said military officials called the USS Chaff’s actions “safe and professional” and Russia’s claims “disruptive”.
In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the United States and Britain for deliberate provocations in the Black Sea. During the incident, Britain’s HMS Defender entered waters near Crimea, which Moscow had controversially captured in 2014. Russia said its fighter jets fired warning shots and warning explosives were deployed near the battleship, an account Britain disputes.