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KALININGRAD, October 23 (Itar-Tass) - Over 1,100 Irish guests visited the Russian corvette The Soobrazitelny during its visit to the Irish port of Cork, on the southern coast of the country, Vladimir Matveyev, information section head of Russia’s western military district, told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
Matveev said “it was the first time in modern Russian history that a Baltic fleet ship was a guest at an Irish port.” The visit, which came to an end on Wednesday, was expected to develop relations between the Russian Navy and the naval forces of Ireland, he said.
The Soobrazitelny, under Captain 3rd class Vladimir Cherokov, was moored in Cork since October 18 for a festival programme, including an international ship parade and scheduled meetings of the Russian and Irish naval commands. Russian sailors saw local places of interest and museums and welcomed curious guests on the ship's decks.
The corvette was visited by Russia's charge d'affairs Nikolay Ivanov, Commander of the Irish Naval Force, Commodore Mark Mellett, as well as Cork's local authorities and police officials.