Forces of the Black Sea Fleet began tracking the actions of the American destroyer Donald Cook, which entered the Black Sea on 23 January. This was reported to reporters at the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Federation.
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“The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet have begun to monitor the actions of the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook, which entered the Black Sea on January 23, 2021,” they noted.
Previously, this destroyer entered the Black Sea on November 23, 2020.
On November 24, 2020, it was reported that the large anti-submarine ship “Admiral Vinogradov” stopped the violation of the Russian state border by the destroyer “John McCain” in the Peter the Great Gulf. It was clarified that the destroyer went 2 km beyond the border line.
In the United States, the next day, they denied the “expulsion” of the destroyer John McCain by the Russian ship. In the Seventh Fleet, the US Navy believes that the statements of the Russian side do not correspond to reality. It was also pointed out that the United States does not agree with Russia’s claims that the Peter the Great Bay is a “historical bay” in accordance with international law.
On November 27, Moscow announced a strong protest in connection with the entry of the US Navy destroyer into the territorial sea of the Russian Federation. As reported in the Russian Foreign Ministry, in this water area the ships must comply with “the norms of international law and the legislation of the Russian Federation concerning innocent passage through its territorial sea.”