Jan 29, 2022 - World

Russia relocates naval exercises from Irish coast

The Admiral Essen frigate leaves to join a naval exercise of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry\TASS via Getty Images

Russia will not conduct naval exercises off the coast of Ireland after Dublin requested they relocate following mounting concerns that the Kremlin could authorize an invasion of Ukraine within days, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Russian officials said they would relocate the naval exercises as a "gesture of goodwill" to Dublin and Irish fishing groups, Ambassador Yury Filatov said in a statement, per Reuters.

  • Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said in a tweet on Saturday that he welcomed the move.

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