Russia and US warships face near collision in East China Sea

The US and Russian militaries accused each other of unsafe actions after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 50 metres of each other in the East China Sea.
The US 7th Fleet said the Russian destroyer put the safety of the USS Chancellorsville and its crew at risk, forcing it to reverse all engines at full throttle to avoid a collision.
It said a helicopter that was operating at sea was preparing to land on the Chancellorsville, which was travelling on a steady course, when the Russian destroyer, travelling behind the US ship, speeded up and approached as close as 15-30 metres.
Clay Doss, spokesman for the Japan-based 7th Fleet, said no one was injured and he was not aware of any damage to the ship.
"We consider Russia's actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), 'Rules of the Road,' and internationally recognised maritime customs," the 7th Fleet said in a statement.
The Russian military accused the Chancellorsville of making a dangerous maneuver by crossing the path of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov.
It said in a statement that the US cruiser "suddenly changed direction and crossed the path of Admiral Vinogradov just 50 metres  away," forcing the crew of the Russian ship to make a quick maneuver to avoid collision.
The Russian military said its navy sent a radio message in protest.

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Russia’s Pacific Fleet says the US warship got too close, forcing them to perform emergency manoeuvring. Source: Associated Press