Planned Russian navy exercises ‘very alarming’ says local TD

TDs and senators are expected to strongly challenge the Russian Ambassador to Ireland at a meeting next week.

Yury Filatov has been invited to the Oireachtas foreign affairs committee, over his country’s planned military drills off the Irish coast.

The fishing industry met him yesterday about the impact the exercises could have on the sector.

Committee chairman, Charlie Flanagan, says further clarity is needed from the ambassador.

Meanwhile a Sligo Leitrim TD has A Sligo Leitrim TD has described the behaviour or the Russian President Vladimir Putin as ‘very alarming’ .

Deputy Martin Kenny is the Sinn Fein spokesperson on Justice.

He says events on the border with the Ukraine could lead to a new Cold War.

The Sinn Fein TD says Russian navy exercises off the coast of Ireland are also concerning