The U.S. Navy destroyer John McCain did not violate internationally recognized borders during his operation in the Far East. A corresponding refutation of the invasion of Russian waters on Tuesday, November 24, published on its website, the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
As emphasized by the Fleet Command, Operation John McCain was designed to show that the U.S. does not fully recognize the Peter the Great Bay as part of Russian territorial waters and does not agree that this bay has a legal status of historic.
“This operation to ensure freedom of navigation (FONOP) allowed to question excessive Russian territorial claims. It supported the rights, freedoms, and the possibility of the legal use of maritime space in accordance with the provisions of international law,” said the Seventh Fleet.
Earlier, on November 24, the Russian Defense Ministry reported about the invasion of the American destroyer into Russian waters. It was noted that the border crossing was stopped by the large anti-submarine ship “Admiral Vinogradov”. He warned American ships about the inadmissibility of such actions and the possibility to use ram maneuver for the displacement of the intruder.