We’ve seen this kind of thing from Iran before in the Persian Gulf but now Russia seems to be escalating things in the North Pacific. The NY Times reports on a series of actions threatening US commercial boats that are well within the exclusive US commercial zone.
The crew of the Bristol Leader was laying out its long cod-catching line well within U.S. fishing territory in the Bering Sea when a voice crackled over the VHF radio and began issuing commands: The ship was in danger, it said, and needed to move.
The warnings, coming in a mixture of Russian and accented English from a plane buzzing overhead, grew more specific and more urgent. There was a submarine nearby, the voice said. Missiles were being fired. Leave the area…
US territorial waters extend 12 miles from the shores of Alaska but the exclusive economic zone extends up to 200 miles from the shore. That’s where the fishing boats were when Russian planes and warships began to harass them: