At the second US military operation in as many days, an OC-135 observation aircraft conducted an "extraordinary flight" under the Open Skies contract on Thursday to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine "said the Pentagon.  The flight came the day after the US Navy sailed the missile destroyer USS McCampbell near the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan, a move that annoyed Russia, maintaining territorial claims on the contested waters. which is not recognized the USA.
The Pentagon "signals a counter-proposal to the recent series of Russian actions and provocations that have once again created tension in the region," said Peter Singer, strategist and senior think tank member of New America, to CNN.
"Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN on Thursday.
"The United States is seeking a better relationship with Russia, but this can not happen as long as its unlawful and destabilizing measures continue in Ukraine and elsewhere," he said.
The military's robust response to Russia in recent days underscores President Donald Trump's silence over criticism of Russian aggression, Singer said, pointing to the latest clash in Kerch Strait Strait out.
"What is intriguing is the total separation between what the Pentagon is trying to communicate with Russia and the silence of the president," he said.
But while Trump was apparently unwilling to initiate any sanctions and diplomatic options available to him against Russia, the government could use the military as a lever until the authorities discover that they have found the right balance to Boris Zilberman, a Russia expert from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
"The US Navy is right to carry out these navigational operations and should continue to do so," said Zilberman.
Russia continues its efforts to militarize waters near the Sea of Japan and, according to Zilberman, has attempted to forecast a growing role in the Pacific. He said the recent US operation in the Sea of Japan may point to growing US concern about Russia's position in the Pacific.
String in the Sand
The Pentagon is likely trying to draw a border in the distance sand early to prevent further escalation in the region, he said.
"Russia needs to know that the US will not allow it to militarize international waterways in key areas like the Black Sea, the Sea of Japan or Ochotsk or anywhere else," Zilberman said. If not, he added: "It should now be clear that Putin (Russian President Vladimir) is not confronted and continues to act aggressively against the interests of the United States and our allies."
] In the hectic pace of activity in Russia and the US, the president was relatively calm.
When world leaders condemned Russia's aggression against Ukraine before the G20 summit, Trump waited more than a day before giving a subdued response and tasked with criticizing Moscow for the outgoing US Ambassador to the UN.
When asked how he felt about the collision, Trump said, "Not good, I'm not happy about it at all." He seemed unwilling to blame Russia, adding, "We do not like what happens in one way or another, and hopefully it will be honest."
Ultimately, however, Russia's actions and the imprisonment of Ukrainian sailors prompted Trump to cancel a scheduled meeting with Putin during the G20 summit.
"Due to the fact that the ships and sailors were not returned from Russia to the Ukraine, I decided that it would be best for all involved parties to cancel my previously planned meeting with the President in Argentina Vladimir Putin," Trump Tweeted by Air Force One on the way to Argentina.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday at a NATO conference in Brussels (Belgium) that the Alliance "will develop a set of responses that will demonstrate that this behavior is unacceptable for Russians."
Unlike Trump, Defense has James Mattis repeatedly voiced his views on Russia's intentions and repeatedly warned that Putin wants to undermine NATO and the US itself.
He also reacted clearly to the Russian seizure of three Ukrainian ships, calling it a "blatant violation of that." International Law "and said," It only shows that Russia is currently not expected to hold its word. "