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USS Ross: Russian Jets Scramble as American Ship Skirts Crimea

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 06:28 AM

Claiming the USS Ross was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea near Crimea, Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off the American warship, but the Pentagon denied any unusual behavior.

State news agency RIA quoted an anonymous source in Russia's armed forces in Crimea as saying the guided missile destroyer was moving along the edge of Russia's territorial waters and heading in their direction, reported Reuters.

"The crew of the ship acted provocatively and aggressively, which concerned the operators of monitoring stations and ships of the Black Sea Fleet," RIA quoted the source as saying.

"Su-24 attack aircraft demonstrated to the American crew readiness to harshly prevent a violation of the frontier and to defend the interests of the country."

Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said the USS Ross was "well within international waters at all times, performing routine operations."

"The U.S. Navy operates routinely in the Black Sea, in accordance with international law," Lainez said, noting the Ross's deployment to the Black Sea had been publicly announced.

Russia's Defense Ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report.

The incident is the latest example of encounters between Russian and Western military, as tensions continue over the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula, home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet, last year.

Earlier this month, both Britain and Sweden said that they had scrambled fighters to intercept Russian bombers near their territory.

The United States said last month that it was filing a complaint to Russia over a Russian fighter's "sloppy" and unsafe interception of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in international aerospace over the Baltic Sea.

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Claiming the USS Ross was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea near Crimea, Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off the American warship, but the Pentagon denied any unusual behavior.
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