HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Members of Connecticut’s delegation to Congress are weighing in after a Russian intelligence ship was spotted about 30 miles off the southeastern Connecticut coastline and the Groton Sub Base.

On the floor of the House today, Congressman Joe Courtney, whose district includes the base, called it part of a pattern not just here but overseas when last Friday the USS Porter was buzzed by a Russian aircraft, coming within 200 yards.

Senator Chris Murphy said in a Tweet earlier today “Russia is acting like it has a permission slip to expand influence, test limits of reach… does it, and if so, why?”

Murphy’s fellow Senator Richard Blumenthal said Russia has become “an increasingly aggressive adversary,” and pointed to the presence of the Russian ship as evidence that the U.S. needs to increase its defenses against electronic surveillance and cyber espionage.

Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes says while the ship doesn’t present a direct threat, it is troubling nonetheless when stories of Russian ties and interference in the Trump administration have been reported.

Fifth District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty calls the developments “Russia’s escalating aggression” that could threaten national security.

The Viktor Leonov, known as an AGI (Auxiliary, General Intelligence), was spotted patrolling waters off the Delaware coast this week after making a port call in Cuba, according to reports.


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