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Russian spy ship off United States east coast

Russian spy ship US spots Russian intelligence-gathering ship off East Coast: Officials
Darrell Mcdonald | 17 February, 2017, 00:44

But Henderson did acknowledge that the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov is "loitering", in a statement to Fox News.

Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov was spotted 30 miles south of the base Wednesday morning, according to U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, who represents southeastern CT.

Mr. Trump repeated his claim that it would be "a good thing, .not a bad thing" for the U.S.to have a better relationship with Russian Federation, and said he would also be criticized if he were "too tough" on the country.

The Russian vessel spotted off the coast of CT reportedly started its journey north along the coast from Havana and is expected to return along the same route.

The vessel, known as Viktor Leonov is technically in worldwide waters, as America's maritime boundary extends only 12 miles from the coast.

"Such incidents are concerning because they can result in accident or miscalculation", Captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for US European Command, said in a statement this morning.

American military authorities are continuing to track and monitor what officials say is a Russian spy ship moving along the United States' eastern seaboard.

"Anyone who would loiter off the coast of CT isn't doing it because of the great climate and weather - it's freezing weather", Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) said while addressing his colleagues in Congress Wednesday.

The U.S. Navy conducts similar intelligence-gathering operations against Russian military targets, such as its submarine bases, from worldwide waters.

CNN reported that the Leonov, which conducted similar patrols in 2014 and 2015, was off the coast of Delaware Wednesday, but typically it only travels as far as Virginia.

The Leonov, which last sailed near the US in April 2015, is capable of intercepting communications and also measuring US Navy sonar capabilities.

"I wouldn't make a mountain out of a mole hill", Retired Commander David Candler told the Hartford Courant.

Mr. Flynn resigned Monday after media reports revealed he had discussed lifting sanctions against Russia in a December call to a Russian official. The ship was hanging out near DE earlier Wednesday, and it has stayed well within global waters the entire time.

22News spoke to UMass Amherst American Foreign Policy professor Paul Musgrave to find out why this ship is getting so awfully close to the CT coast line.

Last week, multiple Russian military aircraft buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea in incidents considered "unsafe and unprofessional", a U.S. official said on Tuesday. "The Russians have been building and testing these things in violation of the INF treaty going back to the Obama administration", an official told Reuters under condition of anonymity. Professor Costigliola says our ship was floating just off the coast of Russian Federation.

"Now, you've had a lot of presidents who haven't taken that tact".

47ABC - President Donald Trump may be getting his first test dealing with Russian president Vladimir Putin as a secret missile is reportedly deployed by Moscow. Lawmakers have already called for both an extensive probe into Flynn's talks with Russian Federation and a 9/11-style commission to investigate allegations that Russian Federation hacked the US election to help Trump win the White House.

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