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Russian vessel warns the USS John S McCain and claims it violated international marine law
Geopolitics

Russian vessel warns the USS John S McCain and claims it violated international marine law

A Russian maritime vessel warned the warship USS John S McCain navigating through disputed waters within the Sea of Japan.

The Russian vessel, from the Pacific Fleet, had been watching the American warship, which Moscow claimed had breached Russia’s regional waters at 0317 GMT by operating two kilometers beyond the sea of Japan.

Russia has been claiming the disputed territory since the Soviet time. The state claims that it’s power over the territory beyond the 12-mile mark from the Russian coastline that’s ensured by worldwide law, as per CNN.

The navy stated that its ship had been in the water and was following the liberty of navigation laws. The US ship retreated to a neutral sea area, Moscow stated. The US doesn’t perceive Russia’s claims on the territory, as indicated by the source.

Russia and also the US routinely scramble airplanes to capture each other’s bomber planes and surveillance airplanes as they diverge on provocative flight routes near the international borders.

The Russian Defense Ministry (RDF) issued an announcement claiming that the USS John S. McCain entered the Russian water, adding that the U.S. ship was given the warning to retreat from waters by the chief officer of a Russian ship.

After the warning, the RDF stated that the U.S. vessel vacated the waters, a claim that the U.S. rejected.

“The Russian Federation’s statement about this mission is bogus. USS John S. McCain wasn’t ‘ousted’ from any country’s region,” Lt. Joseph Kelley, a representative for the Navy’s Seventh Fleet, stated.

“Russia continues to be proceeding with the U.S.S.R. claim,” the statement said. “By directing this operation, the US revealed that these waters aren’t Russia’s property and the US doesn’t submit in Russia’s claims of breaching any international maritime law.”

The occurrence comes as Russian President Putin has not yet perceived President-elect Joe Biden because of the next President of the US.

As per critics, Russia released a swiping online media campaign before the 2016 US elections, as indicated in an exceedingly report by counsel Robert Mueller. Many digital government authorities have additionally detailed endeavors by Russia to influence Americans, paving the thanks to the 2020 elections.

However, it’s more uncommon for both nations’ ships to challenge or take measures to smash one another. In January, a Russian military vessel came quite near the USS Farragut, a destroyer, within the North sea.

The US destroyer made no further endeavors to enter Russian waters within the wake of leaving the territory, Moscow stated.

Biden moves in with his Presidency while bracing for a contentious transition as Trump pushes legal battle against election result
Americas

Biden moves in with his Presidency while bracing for a contentious transition as Trump pushes legal battle against election result

Biden moves in with his Presidency: On Monday President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris moved in with the administration’s first major office order by appointing a Covid-19 Advisory Board. The board is being led by public health officials and would include doctors and government officials. The advisory board is co-chaired by Dr. David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner, Former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Yale associate professor of Medicine & Epidemiology Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith. Other board members include Trump administration whistleblower Rick Bright and Obamacare architect Dr. Zeke Emanuel. 

But the road ahead isn’t easy. Reality is setting in among the Biden-Harris camp that power transition won’t be easy leading up to the inauguration on January 20. Biden has reportedly told his allies to give some more time to Trump and his camp to come in terms with the election result. But it doesn’t look like Trump in any case has plans to concede. 

Trump is showing full-blown that the transition of power would be as big a nightmare as was his presidency. The big question is how much more destruction and chaos will he wreak in 71 days before the formal transition of Joe Biden into the White House. 

Attorney General William Barr, who has always used his power to boost President Trump’s political aspirations, told Department of Justice prosecutors on Monday to examine allegations and unsupported claims of voting disputes and irregularities before states move in to certify the election results. This however didn’t sit well with country’s top election  results. This however didn’t sit well with country’s top election crime lawyers and they quit in protest over the attempt to change constitutional policy.

Trump didn’t waste any time to hamper the federal organisations’ framework and sacking the officials who have failed to show their loyalty towards him. He fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper over their differences. Fears are that next on Trump’s target are CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Trump isn’t shying away to render chaos in Washington DC over his political motives. Transition is important for smooth functioning of the country, more so due to the ongoing pandemic. But Trump doesn’t want to concede, even when his inner circle including his wife First Lady Melania Trump and his chief advisor Jared Kushner, also his son-in-law, have advised him to peacefully concede the elections and maintain the sanctity of the office.

Former elections have always seen gracious conceding speeches for the sake of America. But President Trump has consistently, over the past four years, shown that his agendas are his priority over the nation. Trump’s campaign has, since the vote counting commenced, alleged a conspiracy against him and rigged voting, questioning the democratic elections and transparent system.

President-elect Joe Biden has moved ahead with his presidency and has taken the required steps towards fighting Coronavirus pandemic. The office has released plans to states regarding “national mask mandate” and implementing it. President-elect Joe Biden has urged Americans to “follow the science” and “turn this pandemic around”. In a TV address, he said to fellow Americans “I implore you, wear a mask.”

The road ahead for Biden-Harris camp is not easy with Trump administration ready to present every possible roadblock in the most non- constitutional and undemocratic way. But President-elect Biden is ready to take the fight head-on. Next 71 days will be full of drama and chaos, with only America at the receiving end.

Tight run between Trump and Biden keeps US on the edge
Americas

Tight run between Trump and Biden keeps US on the edge

 The election race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden still stands undecided as both have been pacing close and vote counting is still far from over. Trump has strongly opposed the ongoing vote count process and threatened that he would take the matter to the Supreme Court. It is mainly the mailed-in ballot which has kept the counting on the go. Since none of the candidates hit the required number of 270 votes in Senate so the counting is being continued. On Wednesday morning Trump dropped a bomb announcing that outstanding ballots can longer be counted. Trump has been against the mail-in ballot since the start and questioned its authenticity on several occasions.

Both the camps seemed to have readied their team of attorneys in case this battle takes a legal turn, though its not clear on what legal ground would Trump pursue the case. Biden, respond to Trump’s call for immediate halt of counting, by saying that elections “ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted”.

He said, “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won this election. That’s the decision of the American people.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf took to Twitter stating that his state had over 1 million ballots to be counted and he “promised Pennsylvanians that we would count every vote and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Legal experts still lack clarity over Trump’s declaration. “I do not see a way that he could go directly to the Supreme Court to stop the counting of votes. There could be fights in specific states, and some of those could end up at the Supreme Court. But this is not the way things work,” said Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California-Irvine, told AP.

Trump might not have a strong case in this regard as last week, the US Supreme Court gave an order against Donald Trump’s Republican Party’s plea, in order to prevent the GOP  from interfering in the state vote counting system, especially with regard to absentee ballot counting in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The Republicans filed a plea objecting the state court-approved decision for extension of the deadline for the receipt of mail ballots to accommodate voters during the pandemic. The state court said that it made the special provision for the extension keeping in mind the health of the voters. The court’s new deadline was stretched by six days in North Carolina, i.e. from Nov. 6 to Nov. 12, for the receipt of ballots, provided the ballot were marked and mailed latest on Nov. 3. 

The apex court upheld the state court’s decision in favour of extensions in both the states in question stating that as per the state constitution, states had the right to decide what they deemed fit in case of voting. The unprecedented times of coronavirus led to unprecedented legal judgements.  

Both the Republican and Democrat candidates have made expected gains in smaller states but its the key battleground states which has kept people on the edge. As per the poll estimates, Trump is expected to win in Florida, Texas, Iowa and Ohio. Biden, on the other hand, is likely to win Arizona, while a tie is expected in North Carolina and Georgia. Results for Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin is seen as an unexpected turnout.

So far Trump has seemingly won in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah. While Biden leads the race in states like California, Colorado, Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

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