January 28, 2023

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Russia: US denies account after report on displaced US submarine

Fear of Russian invasion
US denies Russian representation after report on US submarine displaced near Kuril Islands

Russia claims to have expelled US submarine from Russian waters, US disagrees (archive photo)

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The United States has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Moscow have been made more than once. The U.S. military says “Russian claims” are “untrue.”

Amid mounting tensions with the West, Moscow sources say a Russian warship has chased a US submarine near the Kuril Islands in the Pacific. The Defense Ministry said in Moscow on Saturday that the wreckage “Marshall Shaboshnikov” had found a US submarine in Russian waters near the Kuril Islands. At that time the exercises of the Russian Navy were planned there.

Sources said the Russian warship took “reasonable action” and returned the boat after ignoring requests for the Virginia-class submarine to leave. Details were not initially given. The submarine set sail “at high speed” in Russian waters. The US military liaison was later summoned to the Defense Ministry in Moscow and given a protest note.

The United States contradicts Russia’s information

The U.S. military, however, said that Russia’s claims about our operations in their territorial waters were “untrue.” U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman Kyle Raines declined to comment on the exact location of the U.S. submarines. However, he stressed: “We are flying, traveling and operating safely in international waters.”

Russian troops on the border with Ukraine

The Kuril archipelago connects Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula with the Japanese island of Hokkaido in the Pacific. In the last days of the war in August 1945, the Soviet Union occupied the Kuril Islands. To date, Japan claims three islands in the southern part of the island chain and one island there.

The incident comes amid growing tensions between the United States and Russia over the Ukraine crisis. According to Western sources, Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks. Troops in neighboring Belarus and the Black Sea and Russian military exercises have raised fears of an invasion of western Ukraine. Moscow rejects any attack plans, while accusing Kiev and NATO of being “provocative.”

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