Russian spy ship off U.S. east coast

Russian spy ship off U.S. east coast

This incident is in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty).

It was the first time Russian jets buzzed a US warship since President Trump assumed office.

The Navy said the aircraft did not cross the deck of the Porter but assessed that the Su-24 was carrying out a "mock attack" on the American ship, according to the official. Courtney said the vessel was later spotted about 30 miles from the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut. The ship is minimally armed for self defense with AK630 close in weapon systems and SA-8 short-range surface-to-air missiles, so it poses no kinetic threat to anyone ashore or even to nearby shipping traffic.

A Russian Navy intelligence collection ship, the Viktor Leonov, is reportedly "loitering" off the USA coast near Montauk Point, Long Island.

While the U.S. Coast Guard is tracking the ship's course, it would not disclose its location. Media reports early Tuesday cited government officials who claimed it was within 30 miles of the U.S. Navy's primary Atlantic submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, which would put it within sight of Montauk.

A US official told Fox News that the ship was found 30 miles south of Groton, Conn., but it stayed in global waters. The U.S. territorial line extends 12 miles from the coast.

Russian warplanes have repeatedly engaged American vessels in the region since USA forces ramped up their presence in Eastern Europe as part of the NATO-led "Atlantic Resolve" security operation. On Friday, a US missile destroyer was stationed in the Black Sea when four Russian aircraft buzzed by it at an "unsafe" distance, Pentagon officials said.

"We are aware of the vessel's presence", Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson told Fox News.

The Viktor Leonov CCB-175, a Russian Navy intelligence warship, is docked to a pier in Old Havana January 20, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.

This is the farthest north the Russian intelligence ship has ever traveled up the continental U.S.

University of Connecticut Professor Frank Costigliola says this has been happening for years going back before the Cold War, Russia spying on America, America spying on Russia. USA intelligence agencies have assessed that the missile became operational late previous year, possibly violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on the development and testing of cruise missiles, The Associated Press reported.

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