We have saber rattling taking place off the South China Sea between the United States and North Korea that has now pulled Japan into the mix along with South Korea and now we are receiving reports that a Russian spy ship has once again reappeared off the U.S. eastern seaboard. Alarming enough the vessel is sailing just 20 miles south of the U.S. Navy submarine base at King’s Bay, Georgia, and heading north. This report is coming from CBS News correspondent David Martin. According to this report, Michael Petersen who is the director of the Russian Maritime Studies Institute, doubts the ship can pick obtain a lot of sensitive information.
“When we know that that vessel is in range, it’s highly unlikely that we are using radio or radar waves or any other kind of electronic emissions that this vessel is capable of picking up,” Petersen said on “CBS This Morning.” Records indicate that Russian ships have routinely conducted spy missions near U.S. waters int he past. The Viktor Leonov alone has traveled up the Atlantic Coast before, in 2014 and 2015. It was also docked in Havana in 2015 when the first high-level U.S. delegation made its historic trip to Cuba.