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Russia claims US destroyer ‘turned’ from territorial waters during drills with China

Russia claims US destroyer ‘turned’ from territorial waters during drills with China
It comes months after Moscow claimed to force HMS Defender from the Black Sea after the British destroyer deliberately entered the territorial waters belonging to Ukraine

Rusland accused the US Navy of attempting to enter its territorial waters during joint military drills with Sjina in die Sea of Japan before it was “turned back”.

Russian ship Admiral Tributs radioed a warning to the USS Chafee that it was “in an area closed to navigation due to exercises with artillery fire,” according to the Interfax news agency, reported by Reuters.

The Russian defence ministry summoned the US military attache over the “unprofessional actions” of the USS Chafee, the RIA news agency reported.

The US Navy had not responded to Die Onafhanklike s'n request for comment by the time of publication.

The Russian state media agency Tass put out the Kremlin’s claim of the encounter with the USS Chafee at 5.50pm local time on Friday, saying it was “turned back” when less than 60 metres from the Admiral Tributs.

“The destroyer USS Chafee, convinced of the determination of the crew of the Russian ship not to violate the state border, changed direction,” the statement claimed.

According to Moscow’s version of events, the USS Chafee had maintained course and raised flags indicating the launch of a helicopter from its deck, making it unable to change course and speed, Reuters reported.

“Acting within the framework of the international rules of navigation, the Admiral Tributs set a course for ousting the intruder from Russian territorial waters,” Russia’s Defence ministry claimed.

The encounter was said to have lasted about 50 minutes in Peter the Great Bay, south of Vladivostok.

In Junie, Moscow claimed it forced the British destroyer, the HMS Defender, from the Black Sea near Crimea, which the UK and the international community maintain remain the territorial waters of Oekraïne after Russia’s illegal annexation of the peninsula in 2014.

In an interview with the BBC, the Defender’s captain, Commander Vince Owen, said they deliberately sailed close to the Crimean coast in Ukraine’s international waters.

“With the UK and the Royal Navy, our deployment is here to maintain international order, and uphold that for the global peace and security,” Mr Owen told the BBC.

“The Royal Navy and UK will always call out states that do not follow international order," hy het bygevoeg. “That’s our mission.”