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Russian Ships off Ireland Coast are 'not welcome'

Image of Russian Military at Sea


(BBC News, "Russian Ships off Ireland Coast are 'not welcome'", 01/24/2022)


Ireland has told Russia its plans to host live-fire naval exercises off the country's coast are "not welcome".


But the Irish Defence Minister said the country had no power to stop it.


It comes amid rising tensions over a build-up of Russia's military forces on the Ukraine border and threats of consequences for any invasion from the US and its allies.


Ireland, however, has a long-standing policy of military neutrality and is not part of the Nato military alliance.


They are due to take place about 150 miles off the south-west coast of Ireland ... in international waters but it is also part of the exclusive economic zone of Ireland... .

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