USA military flexes muscles in message to Russian Federation

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According to her, it is not only Japan sea but also "other places" around the world.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, demanded that the Kremlin "instantly stop its illegal conduct and respect the navigational rights and freedoms of all states", following the incident.

This was the first time the US has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in that area since 1987, when the Soviet Union was the government making those claims.

Tensions stay excessive between Moscow and Washington and have escalated additional since the final week when Russian Federation captured three Ukrainian ships and 24 Ukrainian sailors within the Sea of Azov.

Russian Federation claims all of Peter the Great Bay, which is home to its Pacific fleet based in Vladivostok. The presence of a U.S. destroyer in the area is comparable to a Russian sail-by of San Diego, California or Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. However, Russia claims the entirety of Peter the Great Bay, extending well beyond 12 nautical miles from sections of the coast. He said the latest U.S. operation in the Sea of Japan may indicate increasing United States concern about Russia's posturing in the Pacific.

That is not all, however.

The U.S. Navy is also preparing to send a warship into the Black Sea for the first time in a month to provide support to Ukraine after a naval skirmish with Russian Federation.

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It also comes as the United States and Russia clash over a number of issues, including accusations by Washington that Moscow has violated terms of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), and US complaints over recent Russian military operations near Ukraine.

"We routinely conduct operations to advance security and stability throughout the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to include the worldwide waters and airspace of the Black Sea", fleet spokesman Commander Kyle Raines told CNN.

The 1936 treaty also limits the presence of ships from nations that don't border the Black Sea to a maximum of 21 days.

"Russia must know that the U.S. will not allow them to militarize global waterways in key areas such as the Black Sea, the Sea of Japan or Okhotsk, or elsewhere", Zilberman said.

"The U.S. files Montreux Convention requests regularly but doesn't always follow through by sending a ship", Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Thursday.

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