Moscow confirmed, on Friday, that a military ship thwarted an attempt by a US destroyer to violate Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan.
The accident occurred during Russian-Chinese naval exercises in the Sea of Japan, and the Russian Defense Ministry quoted the Russian Interfax news agency as saying that “the destroyer USS Chaffee was in the process of violating Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan.”
The ministry said that the crew of the Russian ship, Admiral Tributes, “warned on an international communication channel that such movements were not permissible, and informed the US destroyer that it had entered an area closed to navigation due to artillery fire exercises.”
As a result, the Russian Defense Ministry summoned the US military attache in connection with the incident of intercepting the US destroyer in the Sea of Japan.
The joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan focus on how to work together and destroy floating enemy mines with artillery fire.
“Russia and China conducted joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan to train how to work together and destroy floating enemy mines with artillery fire,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The maneuvers are part of the naval cooperation exercises between the two countries from October 14 to 17, and warships and support ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet, including minesweepers and a submarine, are participating.
Military and diplomatic relations between Moscow and Beijing have tightened in recent years at a time when their relations with the West have been strained.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that two destroyers, a submarine and two cruisers were among the ships sent by Beijing to participate in the exercises, noting that they docked in Russia’s Far East the day before.
The ministry indicated that the joint force will train to shoot at targets designed to simulate enemy ships, and will conduct air defense exercises with the participation of Russian Su-30SM multirole combat aircraft and helicopters.