Russia Accuses US Destroyer of Conducting Reckless Maneuvers
Moscow says actions violated international law, while U.S. defense officials say nearby Russian ship was at fault.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense has accused the American guided missile destroyer USS Gravely of violating international maritime law by coming too close to a Russian warship,The Moscow Times reports, citing Interfax.
The incident occurred on 17 June in the Mediterranean Sea, but just came to light on Tuesday.
According to the Ministry’s official statement, the confrontation “severely violated both international rules and Russian-American agreements.” A video released by the Ministry of Defense shows USS Gravely steaming across the bow of the Russian warship Yaroslav Mudry.
U.S. officials say Russian warship came dangerously close to Navy ship
By Barbara Starr
(CNN)A Russian warship approached within 315 yards of a U.S. Navy warship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea earlier this month in what U.S. officials say was a series of unsafe maneuvers.
The USS Gravely was in the Mediterranean on a routine patrol June 17 to provide protection for the aircraft carrier Harry S Truman as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to counter ISIS. It was approached by the Russian Neustrashimyy-class frigate, according to U.S. officials.
The Russian vessel made repeated passes behind the Gravely within its wake. At one point, the Russian ship pointed toward the Truman, the officials said. The Gravely eventually accelerated speed and moved ahead, with the Russian ship still following it before breaking off.
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