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Moscow Hands Note to US Military Attache Over US Sub Violating Russian Waters

© US Navy photo / US Navy Virginia-class attack submarine SSN 774 USS Virginia (US Navy photo)
US Navy Virginia-class attack submarine SSN 774 USS Virginia (US Navy photo) - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.02.2022
Earlier in the day, Russia said it spotted a US submarine near the Kuril Islands where the Russian Fleet was conducting exercises.
The Russian Defence Ministry has handed a note to the US military attache following the US submarine violating Russian territorial waters.
"On February 12, a representative of the US embassy's military attache office for defence issues was handed over a note at the Russian defence ministry's main directorate of international military cooperation in Moscow in relation to the violation of Russia's state border by a US navy submarine," the ministry told journalists.
According to the ministry, the sub's provocative behaviour posed a threat to Russia's security. The US must prevent such incidents in the future, Moscow said. Russia reserves the right to use any means to ensure security in its territorial waters, the country's defence ministry added.
Earlier on Saturday, Russia said a US submarine was discovered at 10:40 Moscow time near one of the Kuril Islands of Urup. The Virginia-class submarine entered an area where the Russian Pacific Fleet was conducting its scheduled exercises.
According to the ministry, the submarine was addressed both in Russian and English and was urged to immediately come up to the surface – but the warning was ignored. Then, in line with the guidance about the underwater protection of the borders, the crew of the Russian "Marshall Shaposhnikov" frigate used "relevant methods." The submarine left the area quickly, the ministry added.
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