A Russian warship and a US warship have come near collision within the western Pacific Ocean, with all sides blaming the opposite for the incident.
Russia’s Pacific Fleet stated the cruiser USS Chancellorsville crossed simply 50 metres (160ft) in entrance of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov at 06:35 Moscow time (03:35 GMT).
It was pressured to carry out “emergency manoeuvring” to keep away from the US ship.
However US forces blamed the Russians, claiming their ship was accountable.
US Seventh Fleet Commander Clayton Doss referred to as the Russians “unsafe and unprofessional”, saying their destroyer “made an unsafe manoeuvre in opposition to USS Chancellorsville”. He dismissed the Russian allegation as “propaganda”.
Admiral Vinogradov got here inside 50 to 100 toes (15m-30m) of the united statesChancellorsville within the Philippine Sea, the US stated.
The Russian Pacific Fleet in the meantime stated the incident befell within the southeast of the East China Sea, and added they’d despatched a message of protest to the US ship’s commanders.
Harmful and pointless brinkmanship
By Jonathan Marcus, BBC defence and diplomatic correspondent
Two warships; two narratives – however one very actual probability of accident or potential damage. There may be merely no motive for vessels of this dimension to be in such shut proximity.
One in all them – or possibly even each – was at fault. Either side blame the opposite. However this sort of incident is turning into ever extra frequent and it does usually appear to be the results of a concerted coverage by Russia to problem US and its allies naval operations at any time when attainable.
Typically these incidents happen within the Black Sea which Moscow generally regards as its personal lake; a view with which different states on its shores – a few of them Nato members, or aspiring Nato members – disagree.
Such incidents between the US and Russia are much less frequent in Asian-Pacific waters, the place the tensions are usually between US and Chinese language ships or plane. However wherever it happens naval brinkmanship of this type is harmful and pointless.
Each international locations frequently accuse the opposite of harmful navy manoeuvres – at sea and within the air.
In November, the US posted footage of a Russian jet intercepting certainly one of its planes over the Black Sea – a transfer they referred to as “irresponsible”, however which the Russians stated was to cease “a violation of Russian airspace”.
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Media captionThe US Navy posted this video of its airplane being intercepted by a Russian jet