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    In this image released by the US Navy on June 7, 2019, the Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Vinogradov (L) sails close to the USS Chancellorsville

    First VIDEO, PHOTO of Near-Collision Between US and Russian Warships in East China Sea Released

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    The Russian Pacific Fleet earlier accused a US Navy cruiser of performing a dangerous manoeuvre near a Russian Destroyer in the Pacific.

    The US Navy has released a video of the near-collision between the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov and the USS Chancellorsville in the East China Sea in an incident that took place earlier in the day.

    Meanwhile, CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has shared the first image of the warships’ encounter, with the Russian destroyer pictured on the left, and the US cruiser on the right.

    The Russian Pacific Fleet issued a statement on Friday, saying that the US cruiser suddenly changed its course and crossed the path of the Russian destroyer “just 50 metres away from the ship”.

    According to the statement, Admiral Vinogradov was forced to perform urgent manoeuvres in order to avoid a possible collision.

    READ MORE: Russia Accuses US Destroyer of Creating Dangerous Situation For Its Ship in East China Sea

    In response, the US Seventh Fleet has brushed off Russia’s accusations, saying that it was the Russian vessel that nearly caused a collision.

    "While USS Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 manoeuvred from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of approximately 50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced USS Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to manoeuvre to avoid collision", the Seventh Fleet’s statement read.

    The US Navy also said that the incident happened in the Philippine Sea, not in the East China Sea.

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