Russian spy ship spotted off coast of New England

GROTON, CT. (WHDH) – A Russian spy ship has been spotted in the waters off the coast of New England.

The ship was spotted Wednesday off the coast of Connecticut, just 30 miles from a United States Navy base in Groton, according to CNN.

The ship reportedly traveled north from Cuba and was also spotted off Delaware on Tuesday.

“Presence of Russian spy ship has to be regarded very seriously because Russia is an increasingly aggressive adversary,” Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted.

The ship, which is known as “Victor Leonov,” is said to be in international waters.

Experts believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is testing President Donald Trump’s resolve.

Officials are monitoring the ship’s activity.

Meanwhile, intelligence agencies and Congress are investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, even after President Trump fired his national security adviser for providing inaccurate accounts of his contacts with the Russian ambassador last year.

It’s not the first time the ship has been deployed near the US Coast, having been spotted off the Florida coast in recent years. Such moves were also common during the Cold War.

The ship’s appearance also comes on the heels of a US warship in the Black Sea having three encounters with Russian aircraft. Then, Tuesday, a senior military official told CNN that Moscow had deployed a cruise missile in an apparent treaty violation.

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