Putin threat – Ireland says Russian war games off its coast ‘not welcome’
In Brussels, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney told reporters that the exercises are due to take place 240 kilometers (150 miles) off Ireland’s southwest coast, in international waters but also within the country’s exclusive economic zone.
“We don’t have a power to prevent this happening but certainly I’ve made it clear to the Russian ambassador in Ireland that it’s not welcome,” Coveney said, as he arrived for talks focused on Russia and Ukraine with his EU counterparts in Brussels.
“This isn’t a time to increase military activity and tension in the context of what’s happening with and in Ukraine,” he said.
He acknowledged that Russia can hold war games in international waters, “but the fact that they are choosing to do it on the western borders, if you like, of the EU, off the Irish coast, is something that in our view is simply not welcome and not wanted right now, particularly in the coming weeks.”
It is not the first time a Russian operation near the British Isles has sparked anger.
Back in 2017, as well as in the summer of 2021, a Russian spy ship that can allegedly cut undersea cables was also spotted off the Irish coastline.
Mr Putin’s Yantar vessel, which was seen north of Mayo and Donegal, was right by a commercial sub-sea cable.
These cables carry huge volumes of Internet traffic – emails, images, files, data and communications between Europe and the US.
Ireland would destroy russia
Thank God for the Royal Air force then
Russia is goading the EU & by doing so, proving EU unity is non-existent as well being toothless😱
Cowardice , Their progress values won't get rid of a bully. Old school might make's right applies here.
I’m sure the French and Germans will protect you😂
The west can have military operations where they please, the same applies to Russia. International waters are not owned by any country including Ireland, they being made to beg by their elite masters 👌 anything to stock the fire of war
Nonsense. The Russians are NOT planning to invade Ireland. Just as well.
They are doing naval exercises. Has NOTHING t do with Ireland. Shut up talking shite .
But Simon Coveney has no objections when US planes use Irish airports to wage war and transport prisoners for rendition.
Don't panic mr Mainwaring, Don't panic!!! 🤣🤣🤣
Are NATO exercises in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia the norm for you? So get the same teachings near your shores. Russia is doing the right thing, you need to return everything in a mirror image.
The Rooskies don't even need to inform you that far away in international waters – you silly git.
Don't think that you can use this to distract from your criminal_behaviour against the Irish people over the last two years.
Yet another whiny NATO expansionist. Protestant don't want Orthodox in the public pool.
Red Dawn. Get your Pike's boys the Russians are in Cork looking for trouble I want every Trawler from Waterford to Donegal at the ready 😆
Have a nice cup a tea! Ahh, ya will, ya will, ya will…
"So we don't have any power to stop this happening" 🤭🇬🇧
Increase your Russian language program in schools you might need it , get rid of that pesky English language
I agree, Putin should better send his volunteer female firefighters to Berlin and Bruxelles to stop those warmongers panicking, and save his money for even better defense weapons.
I wish we had a intelligent leader like president putin ✝️🙏☦☦☦
Russia is preparing war games inside Irelands EEZ.
Luckily for Ireland though the UK, not EU, guarantees their safety with the most powerful military in Europe, we will be keeping a very close eye on the Russians and will protect Ireland…as we always have done.
Why brief them, do they not know already
Coveney is a globalist. He cares not for Irish sovereignty nor neutrality like his FG party. Micheal Martin likewise. They put EU before the Republic. Coveney attended the secretive Bilderberg meeting in Copenhagen in 2014 and never made or was asked to make a statement in the Dail. If the US or NATO were conducting exercises in these waters you wouldn’t hear a squeak from him. Russia and the Republic should be on friendly relations. The Ukrainian situation is first and foremost the fault of US State Dept. and NGO meddling in that country. NATO advanced towards Russian borders violating an understanding going back to 1990 between Bush and Gorbachev. Because we have such a dishonest mainstream in Ireland, the people never get the full picture on this or most other issues.
Those imaginary Russian naval exercises are really scary. Be afraid and get your booster to be protected.
Who’s the hottie with white goggles on top of the tank?
The Crubeen Missile Crisis
Coveney v the Russians
Ukraine oppressing its minorities, many Hungarians live at its western part, they were cut from Hungary in 1920 by treaty of Trianon. They cannot use their languages. physical atrocities are common. I wonder what they do with Russians then. Ukraine is not saint either. They should obey international law, respecting rights of minorities.
And economic sanctions? Imagine Russia forbids any commercial flight flying above its territory. The airplanes would have to take 10000 km detours. The already dying aviation industry will be finished the next day.
Ireland is west Crimea!!!!!!
Where's the skibereen eagle when you need it?
Absolutely 💯bullshit,,, what about china releasing a virus on the world demanding hongkong, destroying endangered animal populations yet amazon selling like fk to our idiot people,, or going on holiday to Mexico were cartels love a mass grave or two full of students or a village ect ,, im sure the nazi are still running European in meny ways
IN CORK HE IS KNOWN AS A WANKER
BLACK SEA MR COVNEY
I hoped irish people know well enought how west in general and England in particular goes about calling you agressor while being agressive themselves.
Remember the last russian naval excercise in 2000.. the kursk . that went horribly wrong with a death toll of 118 men sank to the bottom of the sea with a total loss of life trough there own neglegence and ignorance and wouldnt accept european or usas offers to help save them men . them men could have been saved had they not denied the problem existed for days untill it was to late russia let there own people die when there was no need .only 1 mans ego got in the way and that is vladamir putin the gremlin hahaha
Lets hope another few dont go missing in the atlantic
This is russia getting ready to 8nvade the uk
Thanks for forbidding the war practice.
LONG LIVE RUSSIA AND CHINA!
While your wrappers up on military deals with foreign nations what simon wants or doesn't like is meaningless. This government insisted on bringing this nonsense on itself.
Yes you said it, international waters, it is not your fu…ing business, stick to the binge drinking, that is the real threat to your country, alcohol
Russia aren't Ireland's enemy, the toffs in the UK government are.
The United States intends to subjugate the entire Eurasian Continent by hook or by crook. Trump tore up the INF treaty so that the United States could install intermediate range missiles in Europe to target the Russian Federation. This is a significant escalation in the American lead NATO alliance in there push Eastward. This is a pathetic situation. The Americans have no reason to be threatening the Russian Federation using the European Union and the former Soviet Republics from Washington D.C.
Ukraine’s new defense minister has blamed Germany for blocking the supply of weaponry to Kyiv through NATO, despite US warnings of a possible imminent invasion by Russian forces. No American or European Army has the balls to get cross threaded with the Russian Military Superpower. Biden recently said that boots on the Ground is not on the table.
Germany is the Economic engine which drives the European Union. The Germans want that cheap clean Russian Gas to compete with the American automotive industry in the highly developed Chinese market. America is playing Germany and Russia to weaken the European Union and shift the E.U. away from stronger economic ties with China and others. Americans can either setup car manufacturing plants in the E.U. or elsewhere or pay the shipping costs to get their products to Eurasia. This fact makes their products less competitive on the Eurasian Continent and further expedites the process of American job evaporation.
Clearly The Russians, Chinese, Indians, and the German led E.U. have a clear advantage on the Eurasian Continent, this concerning trade logistics. The rest of it is political wrangling using the threat of sanctions and NATO enlargement Eastward. The American public are finding it difficult to find employment in an ever dwindling employment market because all the big America Corporations have shipped their manufacturing plants to where the market is.
Eurasia represents the largest single market and boasts a population of 6 Billion people. America is tiny in comparison. This is where political will and reality hit the Road. This fact has radically changed the so called American Hegemon and threatens American dominance in every sphere of influence around the World.
The U.K. special relationship with the U.S. knew this was the game plan in advance (Anglo-American Intelligence Agencies are engaged in military's and their strategic planning activities) and Exited the E.U. (Brexit) which was a total scam, however the British continue their affront on the E.U. British strategy has changed from direct involvement as a member state of the E.U. to diplomatic manipulation of the the E.U. indirectly through NATO as an American sidekick. The British even tried to take Ireland with it for it's global Brands, Copyrights, Trademarks which are worth a fortune on the Internet because of familiarity. Hence the row over the Harp which is a symbol of Ireland. Guinness claim it as their Brand. Ireland has a shamrock and many other noteworthy Brandings instruments. This merchandise is extremely valuable both politically and economically.
The British insanely zealous and desperate to make Brexit happen. Boris Johnson had to mislead the British Public. Upon withdrawal the British commenced a process of backpedaling in an effort to shift the goal post after the [U.K.-E.U.] withdrawal agreement was signed agreed and delivered.
The E.U. would collapse if Moscow decided to cut off Gas supplies to Europe. Increased energy dependence on Russia through the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline is required to reduce E.U. projected Greenhouse Gas emissions. The Americans see this a threat to its Rules Based Order which they have imposed on the World following the devastation of European Powers in The Great Patriotic War, World War 1
The Americans cannot compete with this economic advantage given the Enormous Chinese market on the same Eurasian Continent as the European Union. Therefore America requires a regime change. That was Ukraine.
I just checked the date and it’s not April 1
I'm extremely surprised that the comments are not turned off???
WHERE DO YOU THINK THE RUSSIA NS ARE LURKING NOW MINISTER RIGHT OF ROSSLARE HARBOUR CO WEXFORD THAT'S WHERE THEY HAVE THEIR AND THEIR IS ABSLTUY NOISE OF YOU PROTESTING TO THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR AS HELL TAKE ABOUT AS MUCH NOTICE OF YOUR ANGER AS WATER OF A DUCKS BACKR NUCK SUBS WITH ONE EYE ON IRELAND AND THE OTHER SET FIRMLY ON THE I, K
Coveney should have kept his mouth shut .Now we are a nuclear target.Well done coveney.