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Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of war but is it really happening and how is Ireland involved?

EUROPE is on the side of the knife because there is a very real threat of war breaking out on this continent.

Tensions between neighboring countries Russia and Ukraine is at an all-time high after Vladimir Putin massed tens of thousands of troops along the border.

A Russian soldier fires a grenade during a drill

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A Russian soldier fires a grenade during a drillCredit: Reuters
Dr. Andrew Cottey answers some of the burning questions surrounding the brink of escalation

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Dr. Andrew Cottey answers some of the burning questions surrounding the brink of escalation

The two nations will continue peace talks, but global concerns remain, with the US, EU and NATO waiting for the next move – as Ireland has also been dragged into the mix lately.

The Russians had planned to carry out missile exercises as part of naval exercises in international waters 240 kilometers off the coast of Co Cork, but Defense Minister Simon Coveney at the weekend confirmed that this superpower was agree to move.

Here, international security expert, Professor ANDREW COTTEY of University College Cork, answered some of the burning questions surrounding the escalation.

DOES Russia REALLY INVEST in UKRAINE?

“Russia’s military intervention in some form in Ukraine is very promising.

“It is very likely that Russia will intervene militarily in Ukraine in some way.

“There will be some sort of collective EU economic sanctions on Russia, and Ireland will be part of the 27 EU Member States that have made that decision.

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“One possibility for these exercises is a way for Russia to apply diplomatic pressure on Ireland. The Russian government could say it would pause or scale back the exercises in return for Ireland’s support of a softer line of economic sanctions against Russia. “

THEY DON’T HAPPEN AT IRISH WATERS, BUT WHY IS RUSSIA DOING NAVAL EXERCISES?

“The proposed military exercise would not be unprecedented, as Russia has increased its naval and air activity in the waters around Northern Europe, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, over the decade. via.

“This exercise should be seen in the broader context of what is happening in Ukraine, as this puts NATO and the West more in perspective and complicates their plans to deal with the conflict. Ukraine situation.

Members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Ireland and supporters take part in a rally at Leinster House, Dublin, to protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine and to express solidarity with Ireland

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Members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Ireland and supporters take part in a rally at Leinster House, Dublin, to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to express solidarity with IrelandCredit: PA: Press Association
Navy ship LE George Bernard Shaw returns to home port after completing a patrol in Port Cork, Cork, Ireland

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Navy ship LE George Bernard Shaw returns to home port after completing a patrol in Port Cork, Cork, IrelandCredit: Alamy Live News

“This will be an artillery exercise, the Russian ships will fire real weapons, and so they may be trying to send a message to NATO and the West to warn that Russia has the means to attack. if the West tries to intercept. Russian ships because of the situation in Ukraine.”

WHAT ARE IMPORTANT RUSSIA ARE IN THE AREA?

“Many major transatlantic internet cables run along the seabed in waters off Ireland.

“And one of the concerns is that in a conflict or crisis, Russia might try to cut some of those undersea internet cables to try and cut or disrupt the internet.

“I think that will be a significant concern for the US and UK, but for other European countries.”

CAN IRELAND AVOID PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTRACT?

“Ireland cannot avoid being drawn into this. There is a conflict, not only between NATO and Russia, but also between the European Union and Russia.

“This is currently a major conflict in Europe, it will have Consequences for Ireland and the question for the Irish Government and the Irish people is how should Ireland view Ireland as an EU member, and that membership is so important to Ireland as a country.

Defense Minister Simon Coveney

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Defense Minister Simon CoveneyCredit: PA: Press Association
Members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Ireland and their supporters take part in a rally at Leinster House, Dublin, to protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine and to express solidarity with Ireland amid the alliance Russia's naval exercises continue off the coast of Ireland

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Members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Ireland and their supporters take part in a rally at Leinster House, Dublin, to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to express solidarity with Ireland amid the alliance Russia’s naval exercises continue off the coast of IrelandCredit: PA: Press Association

“The idea that Ireland, as it is neutral, can stay out of this issue is really unrealistic and perhaps naive.”

Is IRELAND REALLY NEUTRAL?

“Legally, Ireland is neutral because it has no commitment to collective defense – but in a broader sense, so to speak, Ireland is part of the West.

“Ireland really doesn’t have an air defense system, so Ireland will be relying on the UK for air defense. There have been Russian flights in and around Irish airspace, and British planes have tracked or intercepted those Russian flights because Ireland has no air defenses.

“So in that sense, Ireland is, in part, said to have been dependent on Britain, and to some extent, even NATO, in the area of ​​air defense.”

SHOULD IRELAND JOIN NATO?

“Ireland is very weak defensively and it is argued that Ireland would be better able to protect its interests if it joined NATO.

“That being said, domestic support here in Ireland for neutrality is very strong.

“This could start to fuel a debate about NATO membership in Ireland. That’s largely not the point, but we could see the start of that debate as a result of this. “

Russian President Putin

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Russian President PutinCredit: AFP
Members of the elite Irish Defense Force Ranger Wing (ARW)

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Members of the elite Irish Defense Force Ranger Wing (ARW)Credit: PA: Press Association
A map of fisheries management outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin, ahead of a meeting with the Russian ambassador amid ongoing naval exercises off the coast of Ireland

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A map of fisheries management outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin, ahead of a meeting with the Russian ambassador amid ongoing naval exercises off the coast of IrelandCredit: PA: Press Association

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