The relationship between the United States and Russia at our current juncture seems to be a bit of a wildcard, merely 3 weeks after President Donald Trump took office.
On one hand, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump seem poised for a thoughtful, diplomatic relationship to be built out of the smoldering ashes of the Cold War. Then, Russia goes and sends a spy ship within 100 miles of Delaware and all bets are off.
“A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such patrol since President Trump took office, two U.S. officials told Fox News.
“The Russian spy ship was 70 miles off the coast of Delaware, heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. That location means the ship is in international waters. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles.
“It was not immediately clear where the Russian spy ship was headed.
“The ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, last sailed near the U.S. in April 2015, an official said. The ship is capable of intercepting communications or signals, known as SIGINT, as well as measuring U.S. Navy sonar capability, a separate official said.”
The Russians have been known as an advantageous player on the world stage for decades, and with the transition of power finally coming into its own in Washington, the presence of a Ruskie spy ship isn’t exactly unexpected, but it is still alarming.
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