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Russia postpones naval exercise due to Irish concerns

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The Russian embassy in Ireland has announced that a naval exercise off the coast of Ireland will be postponed until early next month due to concerns raised by Irish officials and fishermen.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will replace Ireland’s drill rigs outside Ireland’s exclusive economic zone so as not to disrupt the fishing activities of Irish vessels in traditional fishing areas. Press release The Russian Embassy in Ireland shared on Facebook on Saturday. The exercise was scheduled for February 3-8, 150 miles off the coast of Ireland.

Shoigu made the decision at the request of the Irish government and the Southern and Western Irish Fish Growers’ Organization.

Europe is on high alert as Russia deploys at least 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, raising fears of a possible occupation.

“Given the current political and security climate in Europe, the Foreign Office has raised a number of concerns with the Russian authorities about these practices,” said Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coweny. Written In a statement on Sunday.

“If you want, on the western border, off the coast of Ireland, outside the European Union, we think that their choice to do this is not welcome and is not needed now, especially in the weeks to come,” he told reporters.

Russia is also preparing to hold a military exercise Belarus from 10 to 20 February.

President BidenJohnson says Britain’s naval exercise has been postponed due to Russia’s Irish concerns and that he has ordered the Armed Forces to prepare for deployment next week amid tensions in Ukraine. Youngkin retaliates against Virginia Democrats pay attention A few troops will be sent to Eastern Europe this week, with 8,500 U.S. troops on high alert for possible deployment. On Saturday, NATO ally the United Kingdom said Consider sending a large military deployment to Eastern Europe.

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