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 August 8, 2023

Russian and Chinese warships in Alaskan waters, the United States has dispatched destroyers

In response to the presence of Russian and Chinese warships in Alaskan waters, the United States has dispatched destroyers.

After discovering a group of 11 Russian and Chinese vessels operating in Alaskan seas, as The Daily Caller reported.

The United States made the unprecedented decision to send four warships to the Aleutian Islands in response to the situation.

Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, both of whom represent Alaska and are members of the Republican Party, provided confirmation of the existence of the foreign warships and emphasized the gravity of the issue.

In the joint statement, Senator Sullivan voiced his alarm on the naval operations conducted by China and Russia, stating that such cooperation between the two countries is an incident that has never before taken place.

“First, this is unprecedented, not just for Alaska, but for America to have 11 warships jointly being operated by the Chinese and Russians — who are increasingly working together — essentially doing freedom of navigation and navigation operations incursions into Alaska’s area,” Sullivan said according to Alaska News Source.

In comparison to how the United States reacted to a situation of a similar nature the previous summer, when Chinese and Russian navies conducted maneuvers off the coast of Alaska, this incident signals a significant improvement.

Senator Sullivan expressed his contentment with the more forceful reply this time, in contrast to the "tepid" prior response from the United States government, and he emphasized the significance of safeguarding essential national interests.

“I was heartened to see that this latest incursion was met with four U.S. Navy destroyers, which sends a strong message to Xi Jinping and Putin that the United States will not hesitate to protect and defend our vital national interests in Alaska.”

Senator Murkowski added her voice to those of her colleagues who emphasized the strategic placement of Alaska in close proximity to its international foes China and Russia.

She called for increasing investment in the military's capability and capabilities within the state, highlighting the critical role Alaska plays in national defense and territorial sovereignty.

“This is a stark reminder of Alaska’s proximity to both China and Russia, as well as the essential role our state plays in our national defense and territorial sovereignty.

"Incursions like this are why we are working so hard to secure funding and resources to expand our military’s capacity and capabilities in Alaska, and why our colleagues must join us in supporting those investments.”

Concerns about the state of Russia's military have expanded since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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