Russian navy to use Cypriot ports as ties are strengthened

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An outcome of President Anastasiades’ visit to Russia has been announced, stating that Cyprus has signed an agreement which permits Russian navy ships to access ports in Cyprus. The deal has arisen amid conflicts between Russia and Western countries over the Ukrainian conflict continue. Both leaders were happy to explain that other countries should not be concerned and that the port’s main use would be for anti-piracy and counter-terrorism purposes.
An outcome of President Anastasiades’ visit to Russia has been announced, stating that Cyprus has signed an agreement which permits Russian navy ships to access ports in Cyprus. The deal has arisen amid conflicts between Russia and Western countries over the Ukrainian conflict continue. Both leaders were happy to explain that other countries should not be concerned and that the port’s main use would be for anti-piracy and counter-terrorism purposes.

The Republic of Cyprus already hosts a number of British military bases. Britain announced on Tuesday that it would be deploying troops to Ukraine with intentions to train and teach. Tensions remain high between Russia and other European countries but the leaders were not concerned that their new agreement could be misinterpreted.

President Putin stated about the meeting, ‘our friendly ties aren’t aimed against anyone and I don’t think it should be a cause for anyone to worry’. Russia has wanted to strengthen ties with various individual EU members, including Cyprus, Hungary and Greece, along with the US, after the sanctions were imposed on Moscow.

President Anastasiades also revealed that there were discussions surrounding the notion of Russia using an air base on Cyprus for humanitarian relief missions.