Tensions between Moscow and Washington are on the rise in the wake of apparent Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov, where Russian vessels rammed and fired on Ukrainian vessels before capturing the ships and their crews, and U.S. plans to withdraw from the Cold War Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a response to Russian violations.
The Kremlin claims ownership of the entire Peter the Great Bay region, named after the first emperor of Russian Federation.
Last week, the U.S. Navy sailed the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville near contested islands in the South China Sea, an operation that drew an immediate diplomatic protest from Beijing.
US Navy sends ship to Russia's Far East, reportedly prepares to enter Black Sea An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War.
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed through waters claimed by Russian Federation in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, challenging Moscow's ownership of the area for the first time since the end of the Cold War.
A USA warship entered the Sea of Japan in a direct challenge to Russian naval activity in the area, the US military said Wednesday.
According to a statement by a U.S. Navy official, the FONOP is the first of its kind in the area since 1987.
The US Navy called its sailing a "freedom of navigation" operation as it said Russia's claims far exceed the 12 nautical miles from the Russian coastline that is guaranteed under worldwide maritime law.
"We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with global laws and norms", he also said. "That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe", McMarr said.
The US is required to notify Turkey about the passage through the straits under the Montreux Convention, a 1936 treaty that governs the passage of military vessels through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, which connect the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Igor Konashenkov noted that a package of control measures have been taken by the Russian Navy fleet in the Pacific Ocean to supervise the actions and movements of vessels sailing in this area, including those of other warships.