Admiral of the U.S. Navy called “first strike” in the confrontation with Russia
MOSCOW, February 9 — RIA Novosti. The chief of naval operations US Navy Admiral John Richardson urged Washington to go to the “attack” on Russia and China, as reported by Business Insider, he said in a speech at the Atlantic Council.
So, Richardson has accused Russia of blocking the sea of Azov, as well as to build a naval presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Admiral, answering questions about rising threats in the world, urged the U.S. to show “more aggression” against Moscow and Beijing. After Russia “increased its control over key water routes”, for the United States “the time has come to strike first,” he said.
According to him, the United States needs to think not only of those, to “give back” but also to “push” themselves in a “couple of areas”.
“I think it would be great if we were able to force the Russians, our competitors respond to our first steps. From time to time the game on the white side (chess — ed.) Board is an advantage,” said Richardson.
The incident in the Kerch Strait
In November 2018, three Ukrainian ship violated the Russian border and went from the Black sea to Kerch Strait, dangerous maneuvering and ignoring the demands of the guards.
Ships with 22 sailors and two employees of SBU were detained. In regard to the military criminal cases about the illegal crossing of the state border.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident in the Black sea as a provocation, noting that among the crew were two employees of the security service of Ukraine, who actually led the operation.
Helpthe Azov crisis
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