ISLAMABAD - Russian and the United States of America armed forces have been involved in a series of interceptions and counter-interceptions in the last few days. Russian Pacific Fleet on Friday accused a guided-missile cruiser of US Carrier Strike Group 5 under the 7th Fleet of performing a dangerous manoeuvre and obstructing the passage of its anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Nikolai Ignatevich Vinogradov in southeastern East China Sea.
The incident comes just three days after the US alleged that a Russian Sukhoi Su-35C fighter intercepted its P-8A Poseidon aircraft link in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea.
The face-off between the Russian and American warships took place at 6:35 am Friday Moscow time (9:05 am Friday, in India). According to the Russian Pacific Fleet, the US guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville of the US Carrier Strike Group 5 under the 7th Fleet came 50 metres in front of Admiral Nikolai Ignatevich Vinogradov in South China sea, forcing its warship to perform a dangerous manoeuvre to avoid a collision.
Both the Russian warship and US Carrier Strike Group 5 were reportedly heading in parallel directions when the incident took place.
"The US cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed its course and crossed the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer’s course some 50 meters away from the ship. In order to prevent a collision, the Admiral Vinogradov’s crew was forced to conduct an emergency manoeuvre," the Russian Pacific Fleet press service said.
It added that the Russian fleet protested to the US vessel’s command, pointing out that manoeuvres were not acceptable.