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Russia claims its warship chased away USS Chafee from its waters, US denies

20:22, 16 October 2021
Russia claims its warship chased away USS Chafee from its waters, US denies Photo: wikimedia.org

US officials state that the interaction took place in the international waters of the Sea of Japan.


Russian Ministry of Defense said on Friday that an American warship tried to violate Russian territorial waters during drills with China. According to Moscow, one of its vessels made the USS Chafee drive off the area.

The ministry added that its anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs had warned the US sailors that the area was forbidden to enter because of artillery fire training.

Moscow has also summoned the US military attaché and informed that the destroyer crew’s actions were unprofessional and that they had “violated international laws on the prevention of collisions of vessels at sea".

Washington in its turn called the statement untrue and responded that the Chafee was carrying out routine operations in international waters when a Russian vessel approached it by 200 feet (60 meters), adding that the US Navy violated no international law.

"The statement from the Russian Defense Ministry about the interaction between our two Navy ships is false," it said in a statement.

However, US authorities said that the entire interaction was professional and safe.

The Russia-China drills entitled Joint Sea 2021 started two days ago in the Sea of Japan and will finish on October 17.

The countries held their first joint naval training in 2005. In 2012 the drills, which aim at “strengthening the combat power of Russia and China to counter threats at sea together”, became annual.

In June Russia accused the UK of violating its marine borders near Crimea in the Black Sea. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, it also had to oust the British destroyer, while Britain responded that the vessel did not leave Ukrainian waters.