Russian Admiral spoke sharply about the violation of borders by a US destroyer

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MOSCOW, Nov 24-RIA Novosti. Former commander of the black sea fleet Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov called the violation of Russian borders by the Navy destroyer "John McCain" rudeness and called on the Russian leadership to carefully consider the protection of the country's borders.

In an interview with the NSN radio station, the military noted that the boorish behavior of American sailors has become fashionable.

"You can't do that. We must respect the sovereignty again, the boundaries of the two territorial waters — three. Of course, no one will use weapons on them, but they tickle the nerves, " Komoyedov stressed.

He recalled that the FSB and marine units of the border guards are engaged in border protection. The Admiral wondered what measures they were taking to prevent violations.

"In the Soviet Union, everything was clear with the border," he said.

So, Komoyedov recalled how responsibility for border protection was distributed during the Soviet era.

"But for the underwater part, when the submarine crosses, the commander-in-chief of the Navy was responsible. And now the commander-in-chief does not have such forces. Who is responsible for the underwater part of the border? " the military asked.

He stressed that Russia has a whole system for protecting the underwater border, but, according to him, since the underwater border is divided between military districts, the question remains who will do this.

"The General staff should think about how we protect the border and who is responsible for it," Komoyedov said.

The military added that if the decision was made to RAM an American ship, the responsibility for this would lie with the United States.

"Ramming is a forced measure against the violator. He is responsible, in this case — the United States of America, " the Admiral stated.

At the same time, the interlocutor is sure that the Russian ship would hardly have taken real actions against the violator.

"The sinking of the ship or the use of it is fraught with weapons, because every warship is immune. This is, in fact, a state territory, " Komoyedov concluded.

Earlier, the defense Ministry reported that the USS John McCain entered Russian territorial waters in Peter the Great Bay for two kilometers. A large anti-submarine ship of the Pacific fleet, Admiral Vinogradov, warned foreigners against such actions. After that, "John McCain" immediately went to neutral waters.

Later, the command of the US Seventh fleet explained the maneuver of the destroyer as an operation "to ensure freedom of navigation". The us military has said it does not consider these waters to be Russia's territorial sea.

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