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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

was in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters in the eastern Mediter­ranean, cruis­ing steadily and with­out mak­ing any danger­ous ma­neu­vers, the Rus­sian state­ment said. There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from Wash­ing­ton.

Re­cent months have seen a num­ber of sim­i­lar Cold Warstyle in­ci­dents at sea and in the air, with each coun­try’s mil­i­tary ac­cus­ing the other of danger­ous ap­proaches in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters and airspace.

In one such case, the U.S. mil­i­tary said in April that Rus­sian Su-24 bombers had sim­u­lated at­tack passes near the USS Don­ald Cook in the Baltic Sea, with one of­fi­cial de­scrib­ing them as one of the most ag­gres­sive in­ter­ac­tions in re­cent mem­ory.

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said at the time that the be­hav­ior of the Rus­sian pi­lots was reck­less, provoca­tive and danger­ous, adding that “un­der the rules of en­gage­ment that could have been a shoot­down”.

Rus­sia’s De­fence Min­istry, un­easy about in­creased NATO ac­tiv­ity close to Rus­sia’s bor­ders, said the lat­est in­ci­dent “shows that it is U.S. sailors who al­low them­selves to for­get the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of safe sea­far­ing and not to think about the even­tual con­se­quences of this danger­ous ma­neu­ver­ing in re­gions with in­tense nav­i­ga­tion”.— Reuters

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