US warship challenges Russian Federation claims in Sea of Japan

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A spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy notes, such actions on the part of States to challenge the excessive Maritime claims of Russian Federation.

CNN reported that the Pentagon had asked the State Department to inform Turkey that it planned to send a warship to the Black Sea.

A US Navy official told CNN that the USS McCampbell's passage through the disputed waters was the first time the US has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in that area since 1987, when the Soviet Union was the government making those claims.

The Kremlin claims ownership of the entire Peter the Great Bay region, named after the first emperor of Russian Federation.

The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer challenged Russia's maritime claims by sailing in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay, the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan and home to Vladivostok, port for the Russian navy's Pacific Fleet, according to CNN and U.S. Naval Institute News.

Russia and the U.S. are now at odds over the fate of the 1987 INF Treaty and recent Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The U.S. Navy cited "freedom of navigation" to justify the operation, which was carried out within the Sea of Japan.

"Our US 6th Fleet is always prepared to respond where called", Cdr.

At the moment, the U.S. McCampbell is 400km. away from the Russian territorial waters, in the central part of the Sea of Japan, where according to the Russian MoD spokesman, its crew "is demonstrating its courage". On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the USA will suspend its obligations under the treaty in 60 days, and he accused Russian Federation of "cheating" on the deal.

The Pentagon is ramping up its naval muscle, sending USA ships off the coast of Russian Federation and considering a naval show of force in the Black Sea where Moscow has been aggressive, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

During the same event, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reportedly declared that the US -led alliance had intensified its presence in the Black Sea region in response to what he described as "Russia's aggressive actions".

Pacific Fleet stressed to CNN that Wednesday's freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) was "not about any one country, nor are they about current events", adding, "These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows".

"We will continue to assess our presence in the region", he proclaimed.

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