In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would walk away from the treaty if the US did the same. The move came only a week after China mobilized its own vessels in response to a perceived transgression by the Navy.
The US Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russian Federation.
McMarr explained the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows it to do so. "That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe", her statement declared, The Hill reported.
According the US Navy, the Unites States does not recognize Russia's climes on the waters in that part of the Sea of Japan and considers the area worldwide territory because it lays more than 12 miles from Russia's coastline.
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson in the Pacific Ocean, on July 30, 2017.
The McCampbell's operation comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow on a range of issues, including the announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday that the USA would pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days should Russian Federation fail to return to compliance.
Despite the name of the bay, the US does not recognize Russia's claims that exceed the 12 miles out from the coastline that worldwide law provides.
Peter the Great Bay is the largest part of the Sea of Japan and is also home of Russia's Pacific Fleet.