Russian Warship Makes ‘High-Risk’ Move Near US Vessels In Mediterranean

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Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry

The U.S. has accused Russia of being highly unprofessional and taking high-risk manoeuvres after a large Russian frigate came close to U.S. naval ships conducting operations against ISIS in the Mediterranean.

Middle East Monitor reports:

The US military said Russian Yaroslav Mudry frigate got uncomfortably close to the USS San Jacinto which was carrying out operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria with the USS Dwight D Eisenhower.

“The closing distance by Yaroslav Mudry before the ship turned away from San Jacinto is considered a high-risk manoeuvre, highly unprofessional, and contrary to international maritime regulations,” a US Defence official said on condition of anonymity.

On 17 June, the Russian defence ministry accused the USS Gravely of coming dangerously close to a Russian warship.

“The USS Gravely came dangerously close to a Russian warship, 60 to 70 metres from the left side, and crossed the path of frigate Yaroslav Mudry at the dangerous distance of 180 metres from the bow,” it said.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The US sailors, in particular, neglected Rule 13, which stipulates that an overtaking vessel must keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken,” it added.

USS San Jacinto