Destroyer USS John S. McCain “confirmed the rights and freedoms of navigation in the Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan”, said in a message from the US Navy's Seventh Fleet.
The Seventh Fleet of the United States Navy commented on the entry of the destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) beyond the Russian maritime border, stated, that this operation allowed the United States to demonstrate “your point of view”, according to which “this zone is not part of Russian territorial waters”.
This operation on freedom of navigation (FONOP) protects rights, freedom and lawful use of the sea, recognized in international law, challenging Russia's excessive maritime claims
– said in the message of the fleet.
The fleet command emphasizes, what in 1984 year, the USSR limited the internal waters in the Peter the Great Gulf to a straight line length 106 nautical miles. According to the American position, given line “incompatible with international law, reflected in the Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Limiting Waters of the Gulf”.
By drawing this line, USSR tried to demand more internal waters and territorial sea further from the coast, what he has the right to claim under international law. Russia continued the claims of the USSR
– stated in the press service of the fleet.
Recall, what 24 November 2020 the destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) crossed the line of the maritime border of Russia in the Gulf of Peter the Great on 2 km. Carried out direct tracking of the destroyer BPK Pacific Fleet “Vinogradov, Admiral” on the international communication channel warned the American ship about the use of a ramming maneuver to drive out the intruder, after which he left the Russian waters, going into neutral.
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