Russian Military and US Navy trade barbs after near collusion in Pacific Ocean

After a frightening turn of events on the high seas, the world’s two most powerful militaries are publicly blaming one another for the mishap.

There are a great many political observers out there who are in denial about the state of affairs between the US and Russia.  We are clearly engaged in a New Cold War with our old foes, and the willingness of many to dismiss such an obvious conflict are doing a disservice to Americans and to the world.

Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin cronies clearly attempted to subvert American democracy during both the 2016 and 2018 elections.  Their systematic and habitual work to undermine these contests was clearly outlined in the infamous Mueller report – the same document that found no way to charge President Donald Trump with either conspiracy or obstruction in the affair, much to the dismay of the democratic party.  Even Mueller himself, at a rare, recent press conference of his own used his short time at the podium to heartily reiterate this fact.

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Still, the democratic party seems hellbent on delegitimizing President Trump as opposed to acknowledging and rectifying this fact.

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As if that weren’t enough reason to be wary Moscow’s machinations, a number of aggressive military maneuvers this week have highlighted the tension between the two superpowers.  The most recent incident, a near collision between Russian and American warships in the Pacific Ocean, has now spawned a blame game between the Kremlin and the Pentagon.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters that the U.S. will file a formal diplomatic complaint about the incident and will have military to military conversations with the Russians. He added that the encounter will not deter the U.S. from conducting naval operations.

The U.S. 7th Fleet said the Russian destroyer put the safety of the USS Chancellorsville and its crew at risk, forcing it to reverse all engines at full throttle to avoid a collision.

The encounter was terrifying, and the US statement on the subject was stern.

An American helicopter was preparing to land on the Chancellorsville, which was traveling on a steady course, when the Russian destroyer, traveling behind the U.S. ship, started moving faster and approached as close as 50-100 feet (15-30 meters), the 7th Fleet said in a statement.

“We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), ‘Rules of the Road,’ and internationally recognized maritime customs,” the statement said.

The only question that remains now is how many American military members must be put in harm’s way before the democrats come to their senses on the subject of Russia.

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