Why would an American president not issue the sternest of warnings to a Russian ship cruising off th… by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
The United States’ territorial line is 12 nautical miles; the Russian ship was in international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Delaware and heading north at 10 knots. It can be viewed as an aggressive action but one that has not violated any extant maritime law.
Further, let’s not get too parochial here. The U.S. often sends its own spy ships, sometimes under the guise of merchant or research vessels, into territorial waters of sovereign nations. On January 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo, a Navy intelligence vessel, was engaged in routine surveillance of the North Korean coast when it was intercepted by North Korean patrol boats.
Spying on one’s neighbors, allies and enemies has long been a part this nation’s policy.