On May 25, the M/V Green Ridge was transporting military equipment to Lithuania for the annual US and NATO Exercise Saber Strike 2017 when it was approached by the Russian ship and helicopters, according to an internal report of the incident that was obtained by Defense News.
US Transportation Command told Business Insider in a statement it was aware of the “alleged situation” between the US-flagged ship under a Pentagon contract and the Russian military, but did not confirm details.
“US aircraft and ships routinely interact with other nations, including Russia, in international seas and waters, and most interactions are safe and professional,” US Transportation Command said. “While under DoD contract, commercial shippers are expected to observe these same maritime laws. We expect Russian vessels and aircraft to operate safely and professionally as well.”
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