Pentagon Protests Russian Jet Buzzing Antimissile Ship in Black Sea

Global Security Newswire Staff
Global Security Newswire Staff
April 15, 2014, 8:10 a.m.

The Pentagon on Monday cri­ti­cized a Rus­si­an jet’s re­peated buzz­ing of a U.S. an­ti­mis­sile ship sail­ing in in­ter­na­tion­al wa­ters in the Black Sea.

The ac­tion happened on Sunday and in­volved a nuc­le­ar-cap­able — but un­armed — Su-24 fight­er air­craft that made a total of 12 fly­ing passes close to the Ae­gis-equipped USS Don­ald Cook while it con­duc­ted patrol op­er­a­tions in the west­ern Black Sea, the De­fense De­part­ment told re­port­ers.

“The air­craft did not re­spond to mul­tiple quer­ies and warn­ings from Don­ald Cook, and the event ended without in­cid­ent after ap­prox­im­ately 90 minutes,” de­part­ment spokes­man Army Col. Steve War­ren was quoted as say­ing in a Pentagon press story. “This pro­voc­at­ive and un­pro­fes­sion­al Rus­si­an ac­tion is in­con­sist­ent with in­ter­na­tion­al pro­to­cols and pre­vi­ous agree­ments on the pro­fes­sion­al in­ter­ac­tion between our mil­it­ar­ies.”

A second Su-24 ac­com­pan­ied the first Rus­si­an fight­er jet but did not make any passes, War­ren said.

The U.S. mis­sile des­troy­er was re­deployed to the Black Sea in re­cent days in ac­cord­ance with the Pentagon’s ef­forts to as­sure NATO mem­bers and oth­er coun­tries of a U.S. com­mit­ment to their se­cur­ity. The ship’s de­ploy­ment comes amid con­tinu­ing ten­sions with Rus­sia over Mo­scow’s an­nex­a­tion of Ukraine’s Crimean Pen­in­sula and sus­pec­ted in­volve­ment in in­sur­gent ac­tions in the east­ern part of the coun­try.

The USS Don­ald Cook is home-por­ted in Rota, Spain, and is the first of four Ae­gis ships slated for de­ploy­ment in the Medi­ter­ranean as part of the U.S. con­tri­bu­tion to NATO mis­sile de­fense.

“The Don­ald Cook is more than cap­able of de­fend­ing it­self against two Su-24s,” War­ren said.

The Rus­si­an de­fense min­istry last week spoke out against the de­ploy­ment of the war­ship to the Black Sea, say­ing it demon­strated that U.S. an­ti­mis­sile sys­tems in Europe are aimed at un­der­min­ing Rus­sia’s nuc­le­ar de­terrent.

War­ren sug­ges­ted the Su-24 pi­lots were act­ing with some form of ap­prov­al from the Rus­si­an mil­it­ary. “I would have dif­fi­culty be­liev­ing that two Rus­si­an pi­lots, on their own, would choose to take such an ac­tion,” the spokes­man said.

What We're Following See More »
FRENCH IS A LAWYER, VETERAN
Kristol Recruiting National Review’s David French for Third-Party Run
41 minutes ago
THE LATEST

"Two Republicans intimately familiar with Bill Kristol’s efforts to recruit an independent presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have told Bloomberg Politics that the person Kristol has in mind is David French -- whose name the editor of the Weekly Standard floated in the current issue of the magazine.

French is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the website of National Review, where French is a staff writer, he is a constitutional lawyer, a recipient of the Bronze Star, and an author of several books who lives in Columbia, Tenn., with his wife Nancy and three children."

Source:
CALIFORNIA VOTES IN A WEEK
Jerry Brown Backs Clinton
2 hours ago
THE LATEST

California Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Hillary Clinton today, calling her "the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump." While praising Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign, Brown said "Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee. ... This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other. The general election has already begun."

Source:
GLASS CEILING STILL HARD TO CRACK
Clinton Says Voters Still Hung Up on Gender
5 hours ago
THE LATEST

In a New York Magazine profile, Hillary Clinton said she still encounters misogyny at her own events: “‘I really admire you, I really like you, I just don’t know if I can vote for a woman to be president.’ I mean, they come to my events and then they say that to me.”

Source:
CHANGE WE CAN’T BELIEVE IN
Trump Vows Not to Change
5 hours ago
THE LATEST
Source:
FILING DEADLINE IS JUNE 24
McConnell Urging Rubio to Run for Reelection
8 hours ago
THE LATEST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "One of the things that I’m hoping, I and my colleagues have been trying to convince Senator Marco Rubio to run again in Florida. He had indicated he was not going to, but we’re all hoping that he’ll reconsider, because poll data indicates that he is the one who can win for us. He would not only save a terrific senator for the Senate, but help save the majority. ... Well, I hope so. We’re all lobbying hard for him to run again."

Source:
×