Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

A Russian Spy Ship Is Hanging Out Off the Coast of CT


A Russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a U.S. Navy submarine base in CT on Wednesday in what that state's congressman called an effort to test the resolve of the new Trump administration.

It was the first time Russian jets buzzed a US warship since President Trump assumed office. "It's a ship, but it's not the Great White fleet ..." A few years back, it was spotted near Kings Bay Navy submarine base in Georgia.

The spy ship comes as USA intelligence agencies determined that Russian Federation deployed a cruise missile, which violates the arms control treaty set up from the Cold War era.

Navy officials have told Business Insider that they respect Russia's right to sail in worldwide waters, and that they have no planned response to the spy ship off the coast of the US's main East Coast submarine base.

Stone could not confirm the ship's exact location, but said by phone Wednesday afternoon that it was still off the East Coast near CT.

"The Russian spy ship patrolling 30 miles off the coast of Groton and the SUBASE underscores the very real threat posed by a resurgent Russia", Courtney said.

A USA official told Fox News that the ship was found 30 miles south of Groton, Conn., but it stayed in worldwide waters.

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Ultimately, King and Himes said this is nothing new - the USA and Russian Federation have been spying on each other for decades. That vessel, the Yanter, also approached the Florida coast, where it performed standard research mapping out the U.S.'s communication cables. The Viktor Leonov was photographed in Havana in March 2014 and has been making its way north along the East Coast, according to the Associated Press.

"We've got incredibly experienced, professional, competent people there, who have seen this behavior in years gone by", he said.

This is the farthest north the Russian spy vessel has ever ventured, according to United States defense official. Last week, four military aircraft also flew within 200 yards of a USA ship in global waters in the Black Sea, according to a Reuters article. Although sitting a couple dozen miles off the home of many of America's nuclear fast attack submarines sends a message that "we're here whether you like it or not", the fact is Russian Federation is not alone when it comes to standoff intelligence collection-far from it.

The ship is being tracked by the U.S. Coast Guard.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Wednesday that "compliance with arms control agreements is of great importance, and especially when it comes to treaties covering nuclear weapons", and "any noncompliance of Russian Federation with the INF Treaty would be a serious concern for the alliance".

The Democratic congressmen are calling on Republican President Donald Trump to address Russia's actions.

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