The internet is abuzz with news that EU member state, Cyprus is offering a military base to Russia, meaning that the island has managed to break away from it’s EU ball and chain, and pivot towards the New Eurasian world order. Unfortunately, for Cyprus, this is no the case.
The Mediterranean island is still firmly enslaved with Brussels, which has in the last two years managed to cut down the Bank of Cyprus, close the second largest Laiki Bank, raid the populations’ deposit accounts stealing billions of Euros, and shut down the country’s national carrier…something that not even a Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of half the island managed to accomplish.
But, Cyprus is a glutton for punishment, and while it’s EU uber-friendly President will visit Moscow on the 25th of February, the trip will be much more routine than what media is portraying.
Surely slighted by the US’s lack of support for dealing with a threatening Turkey off it’s shore, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is running, tail in legs, to the one partner that has supported the island over the decades, financially, and through its UN Security Council vote, the Russian Federation.
Just don’t expect any major pivots…this will only happened once Greece decides to pull the plug on the corrupt west and firmly look east. Cyprus will then follow the Greek’s lead, lock step.
InCyprus reports that Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who is attending the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels said…
“There has never been and, indeed, there is no question of Russian air or naval military bases on Cyprus soil. A request has not been made from Russia on the subject of bases.”
The minister has moved to swiftly clarify comments made by President Nicos Anastasiades in which he spoke of “a renewal of military cooperation between Cyprus and Russia” with talks of a Russian base in Cyprus intensifying ahead President Anastasiades’ planned visit to Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin later this month.
“What President Nicos Anastasiades referred to, in that recent interview, was the renewal of a military cooperation agreement with Russia consisting of maintenance of military equipment sold to Cyprus years ago, as well as the purchase of spare parts according to existing contracts.”
He added that the ‘offering of facilities’ statement by the President was “purely of a non-military nature and relate to matters of a humanitarian nature such as the evacuation of Russian civilians from the Middle East if needed”.
Coincidently the ‘offering of facilities’ is something that countries like France already enjoy on the island…so no big deal here…and given that pretty much the entire Cypriot economy revolves around Russian investment, tourism and trade, the move to also offer such military facilities to Russia is a long time coming.
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