While the existence of the intermediate-range cruise missile was revealed earlier during the Obama administration in 2014, this is the first time it has been seen in active service. Dunford is set to meet with Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Valeriy Gerasimov in Baku, according to the Pentagon. Courtney said the vessel was later spotted about 30 miles from the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.
The ship's sighting comes just after a Trump administration official said Tuesday that Russian Federation had deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era arms control treaty.
USA officials said that the ship was likely headed to that location near CT in worldwide waters where it could be close to the sub base, according to ABC News.More news: Senate Revokes Regulation on Gun Purchases
The spy ship's patrolling and Russia's buzzing of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea last week, which was confirmed by officials Tuesday, are incidents that "are clearly testing the resolve of a new administration", Courtney said in a statement. U.S. territorial waters extend 12 miles from shore, so the vessel is well into global waters. The U.S. territorial boundary extends 12 miles from the coast.
The ship traveled north from Havana, Cuba.
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The ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, last sailed near the U.S. in April 2015, an official said. "We respect freedom of navigation exercised by all nations beyond the territorial sea of a coastal State consistent with worldwide laws", Henderson said.
A USA official told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration imposed sanctions on some Russian entities and people after us intelligence reported that Russia had interfered with the us elections. Although sitting a couple dozen miles off the home of many of America's nuclear fast attack submarines sends a message that "we're here whether you like it or not", the fact is Russian Federation is not alone when it comes to standoff intelligence collection-far from it. I am personally monitoring this situation and remain in close contact with both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The INF Treaty, signed by both the U.S. and Russia in 1987, states that there should be no American nuclear or conventional missiles, and their launchers within a short range (310 miles) or intermediate range (3,420 miles) near the Russian territory, and vice versa.More news: Governor Rauner to deliver third budget address
Overall, Trump made it clear that he would like to get along with Russia, and that taking a hard stance on Russian related issues now would keep him from doing "a deal" with Moscow in the future.