Russian spy ship spotted 'loitering' off CT coast

American officials say a Russian intelligence-gathering ship has been spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States, the first such operation since President Donald Trump took office, according to a report.

It's not unusual for Russian ships to be spotted near King's Bay, Georgia, the site of another east coast sub base, but Courtney said the CT visit appears to be an escalation.

The ship appears to be making its way up the east coast as Monday it was spotted 70 miles off the coast of Delaware.

Since the Russian vessel has not entered US territory, which extends 12 miles into the ocean from the coast, officials have not taken action against it.

Most likely, Russian Federation is collecting data on US Navy emissions to catalog them and plan how to use electronic countermeasures against the US emissions in the case of war, the former Navy source said.

"I can attest to the fact having just flown down from CT a few days ago, anyone who would loiter off the coast of CT is not doing it because of the great climate and weather", said Courtney, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "They are doing it with aggressive intent".

"Russia is acting like it has a permission slip to expand influence, test limits of reach", he added in a tweet.

Chris Murphy (D) of CT on Wednesday.

Martin said the ship is expected to get close to the sub base at New London before turning around and heading back toward Cuba.




U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney also responded to the reports in a statement.

A state's territorial sea extends up to 12 nautical miles.

The Viktor Leonov was also seen in 2015, in Cuba, when the US was about to start talks with Cuba again.

"I wouldn't make a mountain out of a mole hill", Retired Commander David Candler told the Hartford Courant.

Captain George Dasch and Ensign John Cullen's mission was to set explosive charges in Washington, D.C., presumably near the Capitol, the White House or other important buildings like the Federal Reserve.

The ship's position also places it just south of Montauk, N.Y., located on the tip of Long Island, however, it remains in worldwide waters.

The U.S. Navy said it see this as yet another provocation from the Russian government, but not a direct threat. Chris Murphy tweeted that Russian Federation "is acting like it has a permission slip to expand influence" and "test limits" by placing a ship so close to the United States.

"Russia is flexing its muscle and floating a [ship] off the coast of CT", she wrote. The administration has been under fire for when and for how long it knew about recently resigned National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's call to a Russian ambassador regarding sanctions placed on the federation by former President Barack Obama.

Evidently the missiles had been in development for years, despite protests from the U.S. that they violated the treaty.

 
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