US Challenges Russian Claims in Sea of Japan

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mc Campbell in a 2015

Tensions between the two nations have reached boiling point after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announced the US would pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in 60 days unless Russian Federation addresses what he called Moscow's "flagrant disregard" of its terms.

This was reported by press Secretary of the U.S. Pacific fleet, Rachel Mcmurry, reports CNN.

Also on Wednesday, CNN reported that the U.S. has begun making the necessary preparations to sail a warship into the Black Sea as a possible response to Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors following a clash in the Kerch Strait.

The flight came the day after the US Navy had sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan, a move that irked Russian Federation, which maintains a territorial claim on the disputed waters that is not acknowledged by the US.

According to a statement by a U.S. Navy official, the FONOP is the first of its kind in the area since 1987.

Russian analyst has warned that America may see his nation's navy floor a submarine off its coast after the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell was despatched into Russian-claimed waters on Wednesday.

By the way, the Peter the Great Gulf is the largest Gulf in the sea of Japan, also known as the East sea.

A US Navy official said the US does not recognise Russia's claims on the waters.

"U.S. forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis", McMarr said in the statement.

"These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows", McMarr said, according to CNN. "This applies to both the sea of Japan and to other places around the world", said Makmur.

Appearing at the Reagan National Defense Forum over the weekend, Mattis slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin's "duplicitous violation" of a nuclear weapons treaty and the recent seizure of three Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea.

The 1936 treaty also limits the presence of ships from nations that don't border the Black Sea to a maximum of 21 days. Igor Konashenkov noted that a package of control measures have been taken by the Russian Navy fleet in the Pacific Ocean to supervise the actions and movements of vessels sailing in this area, including those of other warships.

Last week, Mattis said there would not be a show of force in the Black Sea "at this time" but hinted some action was under consideration.



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