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US warship warned by Russian ship after challenging claims in Sea of Japan

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US watship warned by Russian ship

The US Navy challenged what it called Russia's "excessive maritime claims" to waters in the Sea of Japan Tuesday, sailing a warship into an area claimed by Moscow, an act that drew a warning from a Russian ship.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the USS John S. McCain had violated Russian waters and that the Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Vinogradov issued a warning to the American ship, threatening to ram it to drive it out of the area.

The Russian statement said that the US ship changed its course following the warning.

The US Navy denied the Russian claim that the threat caused the US ship to leave the area.

"The Russian Federation's statement about this mission is false. USS John S. McCain was not 'expelled' from any nation's territory," Lt. Joseph Keiley, a spokesperson for the Navy's Seventh Fleet, said in a statement.


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