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Russia’s Plans for Missile Tests Off Ireland Raise Concerns

23rd January 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) with US President Joe Biden at the summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 June 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) with US President Joe Biden at the summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 June 2021

Concerns have been raised over Russia’s plans for a missile test off the coast of Ireland early next month, as reports.

What's been termed as a “major” military exercise by the Russian navy and air force will take place in international waters in the Atlantic some 240km off Co Cork but within Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

It’s part of a wave of planned military exercises around the world announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration, and comes as tensions between Russia and NATO are at their peak surrounding fears of an invasion of Ukraine.

A security source tells that “with no primary radar, a limited number of maritime patrol aircraft and the majority of our naval fleet tied up”, it will be “very difficult to monitor anything on this scale”.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to this evening (Saturday 22 January) that it has raised “concerns” with Moscow over the planned military manoeuvres. has much more on the story HERE.

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