This is a relevant quote for the debate on the ratification of UNCLOS by the United States. Each quote may be associated with one or more quotes that are used to support arguments in the debate. You can view the full list of quotes in the system, in alphabetical order or by date, in the menu above the quote. Contracting parties appoint members for the establishment of a committee to consider specific measures in accordance with this agreement. In particular, the Committee will consider the practical feasibility of concrete fixed distances to be taken into account in meetings between ships, aircraft, ships and aircraft. The committee meets within six months of the signing of this agreement and makes its recommendations on the parties` decision during the Section IX consultations. In the late 1960s, several incidents broke out between the U.S. Navy and the Soviet Navy. These include aircraft from the two nations passing by each other, colliding ships and aircraft that make threatening movements against those on the other side.
In March 1968, the United States proposed discussions on preventing such incidents. The Soviet Union accepted the invitation in November 1970 and the discussions were held in two cycles – October 1, 1971 in Moscow and May 17, 1972 in Washington, D.C. The agreement was signed in 1972 by Navy Minister John Warner and Soviet Admiral Sergey Gorchkov at the Moscow Summit. The draft protocol contains amendments that will be updated in the 1986 agreement, including the list of measures that ships from countries should not take against each other. The United States proposed to conduct discussions on the agreement in 1968 and the Soviet Union accepted it. The talks took place on October 11, 1971 in Moscow and On May 17, 1972 in Washington, D.C. The final agreement was signed at the Moscow Summit on May 25, 1972, by U.S. Secretary of the Navy John Warner and Soviet Navy Commander Sergey Gorchkov. The draft protocol was prepared by the Ministry of Defence and discussed with the British side, the portal says. The Ministry of Defence, in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will negotiate with the United Kingdom for the signing of the agreement on behalf of the Russian government. The parties meet within one year of the date of the signing of this agreement to verify the implementation of its terms. Similar consultations are then held each year or more frequently, as the parties may decide.
The agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union on maritime incidents is a bilateral agreement reached in 1972 between the United States and the Soviet Union to reduce the likelihood of a maritime incident between the two countries and, if this happens, to avoid an escalation.