After that, the head of the US State Department, John Kerry, said that the US military could continue to "respond to such actions." Now the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, Joseph Dunford, made a similar statement, speaking to the senators.
Informational portal Military.com reports that Dunford told the senators about the case of the destroyer Donald Cook, and about the interception of two American aircraft by Russian fighters. We are talking about the interception of the reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 over the Baltic Sea, as well as the interception of the Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft P-8, which tracked in the area of the KF base station in Kamchatka.
Dunford stated that he agreed with the head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, “to discuss such incidents,” and then added that the commander of an American ship (air or sea) could “make any decisions in the event of such an incident and is not obliged to request permission from the superior or other actions.