As the USS Carl Vinson closes in on the Korean Peninsula, China and Russia gather intel.

Reports are coming in saying that China and Russia have sent “intelligence-gathering vessels” to track the USS Carl Vinson as it heads closer to the Koreas.

The AP reports:

It appears that both countries aim to probe the movements of the United States, which is showing a stance of not excluding military action against North Korea. The Self-Defense Forces are strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area, according to the sources.

The aircraft carrier strike group, composed of the Carl Vinson at its core with guided-missile destroyers and other vessels, is understood to be around the East China Sea and heading north toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.

It appears at this point in time that the vessels sent by China and Russia are to come as “warning [signals]”.

Putin, meanwhile, has sent military forces toward the North Korean border in preparation for any type of conflict that may arise.