American destroyer USS Gravely and dangerously closer to the Russian patrol ship “Yaroslav the Wise” in the Mediterranean sea. This is stated in the message of Russian defense Ministry.
As stated in the defense Ministry, the incident violates international rules and the Russian-American agreement”. Convergence occurred June 17 in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean sea.
“Gravely made a hazardous rapprochement with the Russian warship at a distance of 60-70 meters on the left side and crossed the course of the movement of the TFR “Yaroslav the Wise” on the nose at a dangerous distance of 180 meters”, — stated in the release (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
The defense Ministry stressed that the Russian ship would not allow “any threat maneuvering in relation to the American ship.” Russian authorities have asked the Pentagon with the statement “flagrant violation of the commander and the crew of the destroyer the rules of preventing collisions and the agreement Russia and the U.S. from 1972 On the prevention of incidents at sea and airspace above it”.
American destroyer USS Gravely”
“In recent years, the U.S. military consistently accuses the Russian pilots and sailors of incompetence. However, this incident of dangerous maneuvering of the USS Gravely,” shows that the American sailors allow themselves to forget about the fundamental principles of safe navigation”, — was indignant in the defense Ministry (quoted by “Interfax”).
In recent months in the Baltic and in the Mediterranean sea occurred several resonant approaches with the participation of Russian equipment. In April, the su-24 Russian space forces approached the American destroyer “Donald cook” in the Baltic sea. In December last year, the Russian patrol boat fired warning shots in the Aegean sea, to avoid clashes with the Turkish Seiners.