US Coast Guard tracks suspected Russian spy ship off the coast of Hawaii in international waters | CNN Politics



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The US Coast Guard says it is tracking a suspected Russian spy ship off the coast of Hawaii in international waters as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“In recent weeks, the US Coast Guard has continued to monitor a Russian ship, believed to be an intelligence-gathering vessel, off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands,” the USCG said in a statement from press.

The Coast Guard noted that the situation is not unusual, but that it is monitoring it closely. “While foreign military vessels are free to transit through the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), under customary international law, foreign-flagged military vessels have often been observed operating and loitering within the response area. Coast Guard District Fourteen,” the statement said.

This is not the first time that suspected Russian spy ships have sailed off the coast of the United States. In 2019, a Russian spy ship was observed off the southeast coast of the United States operating in what two US officials told CNN was an “unsafe manner.”

See: Russian Spy Ship Sails Recklessly Off The US (December 2019)

The actions of the Viktor Leonov, a Russian surveillance ship sailing off the coast of South Carolina and Florida, were determined to be unsafe because it did not use navigation lights in low visibility conditions and did not respond to attempts by ships commercials to communicate to avoid potential accidents.

The USCG said in the statement that it “continues to coordinate with Department of Defense partners, providing updates on foreign vessel movements and activities and to appropriately comply with presence-with-presence to encourage international maritime regulations.”

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Military: Russian spy ship advances towards the US (2018)

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