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US, Russia blame each other over warships' near miss at sea

Jun 09, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

MOSCOW ยท After years of increasing assertiveness by Russia's military in waters and airspace around its borders, a Russian destroyer nearly collided on Friday with a United States warship in the Philippine Sea.

Each side blamed the other for the episode, which took place in Asian waters that have previously been the site of an intense naval rivalry between the US and China, but from which Russia, though a Pacific power, had been largely absent.

Nato has repeatedly accused Russia's...