US accuses Russian spy ship of 'unsafe' maneuvers off US east coast for sailing with no warning lights, ignoring other ships, and risking a crash

Business Insider | 2/27/2014 | Bill Bostock
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The US has accused a Russian spy ship of conducting "unsafe" maneuvers off the Florida and South Carolina coast.

The Viktor Leonov is sailing with no warning lights and is ignoring other ships, meaning it's risking a collision, the US Coast Guard said in a marine safety information bulletin, according to CNN.

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The notice warned local vessels to steer clear, advising they "maintain a sharp lookout and use extreme caution when navigating in proximity to this vessel."

The Viktor Leonov has returned to patrol international waters off the US' east coast every year since 2014, but it has always sought to avoid bringing attention to itself.

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It is entirely normal for reconnaissance vessels to patrol international waters. The US Navy destroyer USS Mahan is also patrolling the same area, a defense official told CNN.

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The US is accusing a Russian spy ship of conducting multiple "unsafe" maneuvers off the eastern coast of the US.

The Viktor Leonov has patrolled international waters flanking Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, every year since 2014, but since its arrival this week, it has sailed with no warning lights and ignored other ships, the US Coast Guard said in a marine safety information bulletin, according to CNN.

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"The United States Coast Guard has received reports indicating that the RFN Viktor Leonov (AGI-175) has been...
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