A Russian Su-24 flew past the right side of guided missile destroyer USS Ross while in the Black Sea. Russia said crew aboard the U.S. Navy warship was acting provocatively and aggressively that it has to scramble off its fighter jets. The U.S. Navy claimed otherwise, saying it was acting consistent with the law of the sea.
Su-24 fighter jets force US guided missile destroyer to safe waters
Russia scrambled its fighter jets to force the U.S. warship into neutral waters in the Black Sea, a military source told Sputnik International.
“The ship’s crew acted provocatively and aggressively, which caused alarm among operators of monitoring stations and Black Sea Fleet ships carrying out assignments in the Black Sea. Scrambled Su-24 attack jets demonstrated a readiness to forcibly suppress border violations and defend the country’s interest,” the source was quoted as saying.
The source added that it seemed that Americans need to be reminded of a similar incident back in April 2014. At the time, one Su-24 had actually turned off all equipment on the USS Donald Cook American destroyer ship.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that the USS Ross sailing near Russian borders is perceived as threat to strategic stability.
USS Ross is acting within the rules of law
The USS Ross has sailed in the Black Sea as part of a routine that is consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law, the US Navy said in a statement. All its activities are conducted in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and America’s commitment to the security of NATO allies and partners in Europe amid Russian intervention in Ukraine.
“Ross’s presence in the Black Sea will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies. We will work closely with our allies and partners to enhance maritime security, readiness, and naval capability, and to promote peace and stability in the region,” said Commanding Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71), Cdr. Tadd Gorman.
“We are committed to maintaining safety and security of the world’s oceans and sea lanes. Through strengthened relationships in the Black Sea, we can expect an increase in peace and prosperity throughout the region,” he added.
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