Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

A Russian spy ship patrols US East Coast

A Russian spy ship patrols US East Coast

I'm sure the Russian ship wasn't coming to see us, but was just in the neighborhood going to meet some friends when it was spotted.

The Russian SSV-175 "Vishnya" class spy ship Viktor Leonov, first spotted off the coast of DE, is now patrolling global waters off the coast of CT.

A Russian spy ship has been spotted in worldwide waters off eastern CT.

This news came hours after a Russian spy ship was reportedly spotted 70 miles off the coast of Delaware. The U.S. boundary is 12 nautical miles.

It is equipped with weapons, but is typically used to intercept communications.

According to an American official, the same boat was last seen close to the United States in April 2015. The location, near the US Navy's main East Coast submarine base, marks the furthest north the ship had ever traveled along the US eastern seaboard.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, has challenged the ship's actions on Twitter.

Three years ago, the Obama administration accused the Russians of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by developing and testing the prohibited cruise missile.

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It was the first time Russian jets buzzed a US warship since President Trump assumed office.

Democrats suggested that the ship's presence only reaffirms their demands for investigations into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation.

"The presence of this spy ship has to be regarded very seriously because Russian Federation is an increasingly aggressive adversary". "It reflects a clear need to harden our defenses against electronic surveillance&cyber espionage". "The Coast Guard continues to coordinate with federal agency partners to monitor maritime contacts operating in the vicinity of US shores".

A United States official said: "It's not a huge concern, but we are keeping our eyes on it".

"Russia is flexing its muscle and floating a submarine off the coast of CT".

A Connecticut mayor and potential gubernatorial candidate, Dan Drew, of Middletown, tweeted directly to Trump Wednesday and wrote, "As a CT Mayor, I want to know if you'll protect our territory or bow in supplication to Putin".

Correction: it's a ship, not a submarine. CT has not independently confirmed the reports of the ship being off the shores of CT.

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