US Commander of the Second Navy Fleet, Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, in an interview with RIA News described the cooperation between Russia and the United States.
The admiral said that cooperation between Moscow and Washington can be described as “adequate” and considered its development possible. “I think we have adequate cooperation, but there are areas where we can cooperate,” Lewis said, noting the need to treat each other more respectfully for the common good.
He added that the United States welcomes any opportunity to communicate positively with military colleagues. “As for the areas of cooperation, this is professional behavior when there is a standard of such behavior that everyone understands and implements,” the admiral said.
Among the possible topics for cooperation, he named fishing, oil and gas exploration and precious metals. Lewis cited as an example the fishing grounds between Norway and Russia, which are among the richest in the world precisely because of the cooperation between the two countries in this area. In addition, we can talk about cooperation in rescue operations and safety at sea.
At the same time, the admiral answered negatively when asked whether his command now has plans for meetings with Russian colleagues.
Earlier, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent admitted that American ships could enter the territorial waters of Crimea. For decades, the United States did what the British destroyer Defender, which invaded the territorial waters of Crimea, was able to do, he said. Kent threatened Russia that US sailors could follow the example of the British military.