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During its patrol of the East Coast, the closest the ship has been to land was 17 miles, which is still in international waters, Martin reports.
Its voyage has been the latest in an alarming string of incidents involving Russian military. Last week, a group of Russian jets buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea and the U.S. accused Russia of secretly deploying cruise missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead in violation of a major arms-control treaty.
originally posted by: Lysergic
OH MY GOD NUKE THEM ALREADY!
originally posted by: Riffrafter
I don't know why we don't have at least one US Naval Ship shadowing it..closely.
There are also a lot of air bases on the East Coast - it would be very easy to send a few planes along the coast to harass them a little. We would definitely do that under normal circumstances - we've done it a million times. As have the Russians when we're near their borders or waters.
So why not now?
oh you mean to create the same dangerous situations that the west has been freaking out about every time the Russians do what you want to do the last few years?
17 miles is close, yet it is still outside the territorial waters of the US, and still in international waters. they are trying to bait the US into doing something they can use, especially as propaganda. do you honestly think it needs to be so close to spy on the US? the smart move is to ignore it, unless or until it crosses that invisible like between territorial and international waters. that give the US the moral high ground. where if the US reacts in a big way that gives the Russians and even the Chinese the moral high ground to react in a similar situation. by doing nothing the US shows strength. i bet there is more than one sub in the area keeping a close eye on things. as well as jets on alert and flying close enough that they can react to anything within a few minutes (remember how fast a jet can travel). while staying out of contact of the ship.
you know the funny thing is that if the military had reacted to this ship already, people would be screaming that Trump was endangering the country with such a heavy handed and uncalled for response.