US, Russian navies discuss how to defuse close encounters
U.S. and Russian navy officials met Tuesday to discuss avoiding miscalculations at sea, U.S. European Command said.
Representatives from both navies met in Rhode Island in conjunction with the annual Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas, which involves discussions on ways to prevent incidents between U.S. and Russian ships and aircraft.
“Recent Russian air-to-air intercepts of U.S. aircraft and interactions with ships in international airspace and waters are the types of interactions that are discussed,” EUCOM said.
During the past two years, intercepts have been on the rise between Russian and Western aircraft and ships. In most cases they occur without incident. However, in some cases the U.S. has accused Russian aircraft of flying too close to U.S. surveillance planes and buzzing warships on patrol.
The last meeting between Russian and U.S. Navy representatives occurred in June 2016, and was hosted by the Russian navy in Moscow, EUCOM said.