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Fishermen given ‘guarantee’ of no disruption during Russian military exercises off Irish coast

The Russian envoy to Ireland has assured fishermen that naval manoeuvres will not disrupt their fishing grounds.

Angry over scheduled military exercises off the Irish coast, fishing sector representatives met with the Russian ambassador.

Brendan Byrne, CEO of the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association, said the meeting with Yury Filatov at the embassy in Dublin was very useful.

They are taking place in international waters, but within Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which is patrolled by Irish Naval ships and Air Corps Casa aircraft.

It’s around 240 km off the Irish coast.

The Russian navy will begin operations off the south-west coast of Ireland next Thursday, the Department of Transport has said.

Byrne was “surprised” by the ambassador’s expertise of Irish fishing.

He stated a “buffer zone” between Russian and fishing trawlers will be established during military exercises.

“We now have a pathway for coexistence for the naval exercises and our fishing fleet,” Byrne continued.

“The mission must return to Moscow.

“The constraints on the Irish fishing industry were well documented. This fishing ground’s usefulness to the fishing business is recognised.

“We agreed not to discuss the scale of the military drills in detail.

“Irish fishing has had a great day.

“We looked at the map and discussed our possibilities. They have no choice but to return to Moscow.

“It is acknowledged as a valuable fishing field. It opens on February 1 and the Irish fishing industry has a heritage of fishing there.

“I was amazed by the ambassador’s understanding and the situation’s intricacy. When compared to our own government’s lack of engagement, many questions arose.

“[Yury Filatov] was extremely open about the activity scale.”

Patrick Murphy, Irish South and West Fish We will take the information and positives back with us,” Murphy stated.

“We agreed that the information was sensitive and that we would not escalate or undermine the good job done.

“We’ll be communicating with our ships, and I’m grateful for the ambassador’s details allaying our anxieties.

We will take the information and positives back with us,” Murphy stated.

“We agreed that the information was sensitive and that we would not escalate or undermine the good job done.

It was great to meet the ambassador who assured us that common reason will triumph and that some of the rhetoric is incorrect.

“We are not here to attack the Russian country; we are here to ensure our boats fish safely and fairly in their traditional fishing grounds.”

“Both parties will know there will be a buffer zone,” said Brendan Byrne.

“This is important. The Russian naval manoeuvres will not disrupt our customary fishing grounds.” assuages our anxieties. Producers Organisation said fishing trawlers will decide next week whether to fish in the area.