A Russian spy-ship has returned to international waters off the southeastern coast of the United States and is operating in what two US officials told CNN is an “unsafe manner.”
The Viktor Leonov, a Russian surveillance ship, has been sailing off the coast of South Carolina and Florida in the last few days, one official told CNN.
The ship’s actions were determined to be unsafe because it is not using running lights in low visibility weather and it is not responding to hails from commercial vessels attempting to establish its position in order to help avoid potential accidents.
A Russian surveillance ship sailing off the coast of South Carolina & Florida has been operating in unsafe manner, officials.
it is not using running lights in low visibility weather and it is not responding to hails from commercial vessels. https://t.co/Zp4qIJhLaJ
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) December 17, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) December 17, 2019