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Russia says its planned naval exercises have been moved away from Irish-patrolled waters

Simon Coveney announced the update this evening.

RUSSIA HAS AGREED to relocate its naval tests outside Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone. 

Russia’s ambassador to Ireland Yuriy Filatov said the decision was made as a “gesture of goodwill” following discussions with the Irish Government and the Irish South and West Fish Producer’s Organisation.

He said this has been done “with the aim not to hinder fishing activities by the Irish vessels in the traditional fishing areas”.

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Defence, had tweeted this evening that he contacted Russia earlier this week seeking a “reconsideration” of the tests.

He received confirmation today that they will relocate the tests.

Coveney said: “This week I wrote to my counterpart, the Minister of Defence of Russia, to request a reconsideration of naval exercises off the Irish coast. 

“This evening I received a letter confirming the Russian exercises will be relocated outside of Ireland’s EEZ. I welcome this response.” 

The announcement of the tests caused consternation this month, leading to the French ambassador and fishermen off the southwest coast getting involved in the dispute. 

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