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Russia Will Stage ‘Unwelcome’ Live-Fire Naval Drills Off Coast of Ireland

Drills set to take place early February as tensions mount in Ukraine
Russia will stage 'unwelcome' live-fire naval drills off coast of Ireland
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, left, speaks with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, center, and Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels on Monday. (AP/Virginia Mayo)

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Russia’s plans to hold war games off Ireland’s coast in international waters are “not welcome,” Ireland’s foreign minister warned Monday as the situation in Ukraine remains unstable. 

The live-fire drills set to take place in early February, according to the Irish Examiner, will be staged 150 miles off Ireland’s southwest coast. That area is in international waters but within Ireland’s exclusive economic zone.  

“This isn’t a time to increase military activity and tension in the context of what’s happening with and in Ukraine,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.  

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