Russia plans to hold a wargame near the Irish coast of the high seas amid heightened tensions near the Russian-Ukraine border, but said it was “unwelcome.”
“This is not the time to increase military activity and tensions in the context of what is happening in Ukraine,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters.
According to Coveny, the exercises will take place approximately 150 miles from Ireland’s airspace and the southwest coast of Ireland within the exclusive economic zone.
“The fact that they choose to do it at the EU’s western border off the coast of Ireland is, in our view, simply unwelcome and desired, now, especially in the coming weeks. No. “He continued.
“I have no power to prevent this, but I have made it clear that I am certainly not welcomed by the Russian ambassador to Ireland,” Mr. Coveny added.
This statement was made as Russia gathered an estimated 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border and demanded that Ukraine not join NATO. Russia has also denied planning an invasion, stating that the Western accusations are merely a cover of NATO’s own planned provocation.
Russia once invaded Ukraine and annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Meanwhile, Russia also helped pro-Russian separatists fighting in the eastern part of the country known as Donbas.
NATO said on Monday that it could carry out the possibility of deploying troops and ships to Ukraine, Britain said it would withdraw some diplomats from Kiev, and the U.S. Department of State said on Sunday night in Ukraine. I ordered the family of embassy staff to leave the country.
NATO “will take all necessary steps to protect and protect all allies,” said Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg. “We are constantly responding to deteriorating security environments, including strengthening collective defense.”
However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused the United States and NATO of rattling swords and horror.
“This isn’t all because of what we Russia are doing. Mr Peskov quoted reporters as false reports that Russia is evacuating diplomats from Ukraine, which is NATO in the United States. It’s happening because of what it’s doing. ” Moscow denied those claims.
Russian authorities said State media RT Two Steregushchiy-class vessels from the Russian Baltic Fleet were launched from the port of Baltiysk in February to participate in the exercises. The Russian Navy did not specify where they would be sent, but said they would go on a “long-distance” trip.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.