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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