The Minister of foreign Affairs of Cyprus: negotiations on the deployment of military bases of Russia is not conducted
Russia and Cyprus have never discussed the issue of deployment of Russian military bases on the territory of the Republic. This was announced on Monday, October 31, foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides after talks with Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
To a journalist’s question about whether you discussed at the meeting the question of bases, given that this discussion has long been going on in the press, the Minister said: “I am Afraid that it was discussed only in the press. I don’t think it ever discussed between the representatives of the governmental circles. Today the issue is, of course, was not discussed” (quoted by TASS).
Lavrov also confirmed that the issue of establishing any military bases in Cyprus during the negotiations was not raised. “We haven’t discussed anything like that today. In principle, the Russian Navy ships to use ports in Cyprus without any special conditions, as is customary in accordance with international law. I do not recall that this topic was discussed at all in principle between Russia and the Republic of Cyprus”, – quotes the words of the Russian Minister website Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The second part of the question posed by the journalist was: “As Cyprus is ready to support Russia in the fight against international terrorism, especially given its geographical position and proximity to the territories captured by ISIS (Islamic state, DAISH banned in Russia.- Approx. NEWSRu.com) and other terrorist groups?” This Kasoulides remarked that “real life has proved that without any bases Russia could come to Syria.”
Recall that the rumors about the possible stationing in Cyprus of the Russian military bases were established in February this year with the submission of the President of the country Nikos Anastasiadis. Then he gave an interview to the local newspaper, which commented on her forthcoming visit to Russia and, in particular, indicated that it planned to “update” the agreement on cooperation in the field of defense.
Many of the media have concluded from this that we are talking about the creation in Cyprus of a Russian military base. In Russia in this regard notedthat in this case, Moscow will be able to control almost the entire Mediterranean sea.
In the West, the rumors had the expected negative reaction. Edition of Business Insider pointed out that Moscow in January, has expressed an interest in establishing a military base in Cyprus. As evidence it cited reports in the Global Post and Greek Reportercontaining the statements of the Russian Ambassador in Cyprus Stanislav Osadchy that “Russia is interested in achieving agreements (Cyprus), which provides for military cooperation, similar to the one that exists in Cyprus with France and Germany”.