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Fishermen plan to disrupt Russia military drills off Irish coast

Fishermen plan to disrupt Russia military drills off Irish coast
ロシアの演習計画で自分を危険にさらすな, Tanaiste urges fishermen

Irish fishermen are planning to peacefully disrupt Russia’s military exercises off the coast of Ireland next month, an industry body has confirmed.

The artillery drills at the start of February will take place in international waters but within Irish-controlled airspace and the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

パトリックマーフィー, chief executive of the アイルランド語 South and West Fish Producers Organisation, said on Tuesday that some of its members will hold a protest because they see the area as “very important” to their livelihoods. They also wish to protect marine life and biodiversity, 彼が追加した.

His comments came the day after Yury Filatov, インクルード ロシア ambassador to Ireland, downplayed the significance of the exercises, branding them are a “non-story”.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar after a Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle on Tuesday (Niall Carson / PA)
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar after a Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle on Tuesday (Niall Carson / PA)

しかしながら, Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney said they were “not welcome”.

When asked about the fishermen’s plans, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar 火曜日に言った: “I haven’t had the chance to speak to any of the fishermen operating in that area.

“I suppose I would just say to them that these are military vessels. Whatever they choose to do in terms of any protests, just make sure that they don’t put themselves at risk.”

Russian ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov at the Russian Embassy in Dublin on Monday (Niall Carson / PA)
Russian ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov at the Russian Embassy in Dublin on Monday (Niall Carson / PA)

Mr Varadkar said that the military exercises are happening outside Ireland’s territorial waters, leaving Ireland with no power to prevent them from happening.

“But we have made it very clear that these exercises are not welcome, particularly in the current context, when tensions are rising in relation to Ukraine,” Mr Varadkar added.

“That’s being communicated to them very strongly. There are no plans to send Irish troops to Ukraine, that hasn’t been discussed.”

Mr Varadkar said the Cabinet received a comprehensive briefing from Mr Coveney over fears that Russia will invade Ukraine.

“It is very serious, there is a real fear that we could see a land war on the continent of Europe,” the Fine Gael leader added.

“We haven’t seen that for a very long time.

The Russian exercises off the coast of Cork and Kerry, while not illegal, are not welcome

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar

“Aside from the humanitarian impact, it could have an impact on us economically as well.

“We got a comprehensive briefing on that today. We’re co-ordinating our response, もちろん, with our European partners and our UN partners.

“The Russian exercises off the coast of Cork and Kerry, while not illegal, are not welcome.

“We don’t believe that they’re connected to the events in Russia and Ukraine, but we certainly would prefer that they were not happening.”

In compliance with legal requirements, Russia informed Ireland’s aviation authorities of the planned activities in advance.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said there would be no impact on the safety of civil aircraft operations.