The invasion of the Russian Arctic is not far off: the first US ship tested Russia for strength


The day before, a rather dangerous incident took place in the Sea of ​​Japan, which will have far-reaching consequences. The US Navy destroyer "John McCain" defiantly violated the Russian sea borders and proudly retired only after a large anti-submarine ship of the Russian Navy came out to meet him. The problem is that the Americans themselves do not consider themselves to be violators and therefore will undoubtedly return again. Who is right in this situation, and how should you react to such intruders?


This territorial problem has two dimensions: legal and geopolitical. The press service of the US Seventh Fleet commented on the incident:

This freedom of navigation operation protects the rights, freedoms and lawful use of the sea recognized in international law, challenging Russia's excessive maritime claims.

Peter the Great Bay is the largest bay on the Russian coast on the Sea of ​​Japan. It contains Vladivostok, Nakhodka, Bolshoy Kamen, and Vostochny port. In accordance with its geographical location, historical and defensive significance, the USSR recognized the bay as belonging to the category of historical. This means that the sovereignty of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation as its legal successor fully extends to its waters, and there is no right of innocent passage for foreign ships. Historic bays include, for example, Bristol in the UK, Chesapeake in the USA, Hudson in Canada, and Peter the Great in Russia. But there is one important nuance.


In accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a bay can be considered a historic bay if the width of the entrance to it does not exceed 24 nautical miles, and at Peter the Great Bay the distance from one coast to the other at the entrance is 102 miles. Most countries during the Cold War recognized the USSR's special rights to this water area, but not the USA, Tokyo, France and Great Britain. These states believe that their civilian ships have the right of innocent passage through the bay, and under certain conditions - and combat. True, it should be borne in mind that Washington itself has not ratified the aforementioned Convention, but for some reason it refers to it and demands its implementation from everyone else.

It turns out a kind of legal conflict that was frozen while the USSR existed. Its military-industrial power allowed the Kremlin then to carry out a completely sovereign policies and by force to drive out uninvited guests, sending everyone in the "forest" with their claims. For example, in 1988, two Soviet patrol ships, the Selfless and the SKR-6, literally squeezed the American cruiser Yorktown and the destroyer Caron out of our territorial waters in the Black Sea.

On February 12 of that year, they violated the sea borders of the USSR. Our ships were sailing in a parallel course, and then "Selfless" carried out a bulk on the American cruiser at an angle of 30%, damaging its hull, "SKR-6" also "shuffled" on board the "Caron". Further, "Selfless" repeated the bulk, increasing the damage that led to a fire on the cruiser. The captain of the patrol warned that he would continue if the Americans did not get out, but they did not understand well and tried to take the patrol in pincers. The Soviet ship demonstratively loaded its rocket launchers, and in response, the Yorktown began preparing helicopters for takeoff. Our team warned that these "turntables" would be shot down as violators of Soviet airspace and called in naval aviation for clarity. Having ascertained the seriousness of the intentions of the Soviet sailors, the cruiser and destroyer of the US Navy withdrew, while the Yorktown had to be put on a three-month repair due to severe damage.

Note that the Third World Nuclear War with the United States did not start because of this, and the brave commander of the "Selfless" was awarded the Order of the Red Star. However, the United States fears the Russian Federation far from the same as the Soviet Union did in its time, and does not consider the Kremlin's territorial claims to the Peter the Great Gulf justified. Two years ago, the first American "vulture" flew in: the destroyer McCampbell approached the waters contested by Washington by less than 100 kilometers. Now the destroyer John McCain, named after the late prominent Russophobe, has violated the border.

What will happen next? The next step is the visit of the US Navy to the Arctic, where Washington is showing great interest in the Northern Sea Route. Peaceful traders will go first, followed by surface warships, all within the framework of the principle of free navigation. The Americans are already building their own icebreakers, and training crews to operate in extreme climatic conditions. The revision of the spheres of influence is just beginning, the invasion of the Russian Arctic is just around the corner.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 25 November 2020 13: 47
    +4
    an invasion of the Russian Arctic is just around the corner.

    - The question is, who will provide urgent technical assistance to a foreign ship in the harsh Arctic, if something happens to it? And anything can happen, for example, this ship will bump into another, coming towards. The ice situation there is difficult ...
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 26 November 2020 07: 43
      -3
      So they want to open their base in the Arctic and build icebreakers.
      1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
        Bulanov (Vladimir) 26 November 2020 09: 58
        +1
        Well, for this you need a base somewhere on Igarka. It makes no sense to build in Alaska - until help arrives, it may be too late.
      2. Mikhail Petrov Offline Mikhail Petrov
        Mikhail Petrov (Mikhail Petrov) 26 November 2020 16: 09
        -3
        They can do without us - discover and build. Russia is not.
        Although only 20% of imported equipment is used in the construction of Russian icebreakers, it is critically irreplaceable, high-tech and complex. It is impossible to build nuclear icebreakers without the use of foreign components, and there is simply nothing to replace them with.
        If Washington's next step is to ban foreign investment and the participation of foreign suppliers in Russian Arctic icebreaking and LNG projects, they will be stopped.

        All enterprises of Novatek, Gazprom, Rosneft, Yamal-LNG and Arctic-LNG in one way or another depend on imported equipment and money. The shareholders and main suppliers of these corporations are companies directly related to the United States.
        Despite the import substitution program, Russia does not and will not have equipment to support the operation of domestic LNG plants. Compressors, turbines, gravity platforms and other technologies are sourced from the United States and Europe. Funding for Arctic projects also comes from abroad.

        It will not be possible to replace existing foreign partners with a company loyal to Russia. Even the indirect threat of American sanctions will put an end to cooperation with the current French, Italian, German and Chinese suppliers, who will instantly withdraw from Russian projects.
        1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
          Bulanov (Vladimir) 26 November 2020 16: 50
          0
          The shareholders and main suppliers of these corporations are companies directly related to the United States.

          - There will be no investments, there will be no profits. And what is the main law of the capitalist according to Max?
  2. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 25 November 2020 14: 25
    +2
    How much can we swallow any of their meanness, their spitting and threats in our direction, they wipe their feet about us, and we bend and bend lower and lower, and nowhere lower. The same was before the Second World War, when German ships violated our waters with their ships and submarines, and their planes landed on our border military airfields, as if by mistake, and we ourselves apologized and let them go.
  3. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 25 November 2020 18: 28
    +2
    The United States has long been open about the freedom of navigation along the Northern Sea Route, i.e. on international jurisdiction and "signal" their intentions with military exercises in the Arctic, the creation of a naval base in Nome (Alaska), a program for the construction of an icebreaker fleet and other actions.
  4. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 25 November 2020 21: 10
    +1
    The day before, a rather dangerous incident took place in the Sea of ​​Japan, which will have far-reaching consequences. The US Navy destroyer "John McCain" defiantly violated the Russian sea borders and proudly retired only after a large anti-submarine ship of the Russian Navy came out to meet him

    - aftorrr, do not write such opuses, it’s funny to read, a 2 km cruising speed of a berk takes 3-4 minutes for the same amount to fade, for a total of 8 maximum 10 minutes no one would have time to make a bulk or ram, or in your opinion it was necessary right off the bat?
    So there was no "proudly retired", he jumped in and jumped out until he got rid of ...
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 26 November 2020 07: 42
      -4
      Quote: faiver
      - aftorrr, do not write such opuses, it’s funny to read, a 2 km cruising speed of a berk takes 3-4 minutes for the same amount to fade, for a total of 8 maximum 10 minutes no one would have time to make a bulk or ram, or in your opinion it was necessary right off the bat?

      cumminter, you better not write nonsense yourself laughing
  5. bear040 Offline bear040
    bear040 25 November 2020 21: 33
    +5
    Violators of the borders of the Russian Federation should be shot, shot down, drowned, and if the Kremlin is afraid to fulfill its direct duties to protect the sovereignty of the Russian Federation and the inviolability of its borders, let them resign and never again stutter about their desire to serve in the civil service and wear shoulder straps!
  6. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 26 November 2020 07: 32
    +2
    The invasion of the Russian Arctic is not far off: the first US ship tested Russia for strength

    Since when did the Sea of ​​Japan become part of the Arctic? Did the author have 2 in geography or, on the contrary, a phantom love for Zhenya Psaki?
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 26 November 2020 07: 40
      -4
      Are you basically unable to read and understand the meaning of what has been written?
      1. amateur Offline amateur
        amateur (Victor) 26 November 2020 08: 04
        +1
        Read what I read. Well, I realized that "in the garden there is an elderberry, and in Kiev - a grandmother." This is the main associative perception of the title and content of your article.