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Ireland advises against unnecessary travel to Ukraine

Khalid Umar Malik
26 Jan 2022, 16:50 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Taoiseach has informed the Dail that Ireland advises against non-essential travel to Ukraine.

According to Micheal Martin, the country requests a de-escalation of hostilities as "thousands and thousands of Russian troops" have gathered on the Ukraine border.

He stated that Ireland favors a diplomatic solution based on a rules-based international order that respects states' territorial integrity and democracy.

These are the principles of Ireland, and Russia should respect them, he continued.

He also said the planned Russian military exercise off the Irish coast next month was unwanted and would not be repeated, even technically lawful.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar previously stated that the scheduled Russian naval exercises off the Irish coast do not pose a military threat to Ireland.

However, considering the escalating tensions in Ukraine, he said that they are "particularly unwelcome."

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