Navy chief: Russia, US affirm safety at sea pact amid increased incidents
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published: July 27, 2016
WASHINGTON — The United States and Russia agreed to uphold a Cold War-era pact to prevent incidents at sea and in the air after recent aggressive maneuvers by Russian planes on U.S. ships and aircraft, the Navy’s top officer said Tuesday.
In June, the United States and Russia validated their “Incidents at Sea” agreement during a meeting in Naples, Italy, said Adm. John Richardson, the Navy’s chief of naval operations.
In the last year, the United States has reported several aggressive encounters with the Russian navy and its aircraft, including two close encounters with U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea in the last month.
The annual meeting was used “to communicate that that type of behavior is just not helpful,” Richardson said. “It just increases the chance … even a slight miscalculation when you are that close – of developing into a collision.”