US Challenges Russian Claims in Sea of Japan

US Challenges Russian Claims in Sea of Japan

During the same event, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reportedly declared that the USA -led alliance had intensified its presence in the Black Sea region in response to what he described as "Russia's aggressive actions". By a press release, the Navy stated that the maneuver was a means "to problem Russia's extreme maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms and lawful makes use of-of the ocean loved by America and different nations", NBC Information reported.

"We conduct routine and regular freedom of navigation operations, as we have done in the past and will continue to do in the future", McMarr said.

The missile destroyer conducted what the U.S. Navy describes as Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOP), aimed at challenging nations that claim sovereignty over waters beyond the 12 nautical miles of their coasts guaranteed by global law.

According to United States officials, these operations are created to ensure respect for the right of free passage in worldwide waters and to challenge excessive claims. "These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows. This applies to both the sea of Japan and to other places around the world", said Makmur.

The US military responded this week to what it calls Russia's "unlawful and destabilizing actions" in Ukraine and elsewhere by pushing back against Moscow on the seas and in the air.

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The last time a FONOP was conducted in this area was 1987, at the peak of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.

It comes amid renewed tensions between the United States and Russian Federation in the Black Sea, where Russian Federation seized multiple Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait last month, and as the two sides trade accusations over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

US media say the US Navy is also planning a similar operation in the Black Sea, where Crimea is located. It stressed that Moscow is swung to the space which exceeds a distance of 12 miles from the coast, as defined by worldwide law. Peter the Great Bay is the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan, also referred to as the East Sea by the Koreas, and home to the Russian's far-east city of Vladivostok and the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet.

The 1936 treaty also limits the presence of ships from nations that don't border the Black Sea to a maximum of 21 days. Under this law, any country' maritime rights extend only 12 nautical miles from shore.

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