#Cyprus – #Russia sign military agreement to dock vessels at the island country amid EU sanctions

Russia and Cyprus have signed a military cooperation deal, under which Russian navy ships will be permitted to make regular port calls at the island country.

The document was signed following talks during the previous months between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his visiting Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, in the capital city of Moscow on Wednesday. It must be noted that the 2 countries have since longtime economical et political ties.

Mr Putin said after the negotiations that the agreement would mainly concern Russian navy ships engaged in international counter-terrorism and anti-piracy efforts.

It seems like Putin is very “#loved” in the Eastern Mediterranean. He recently signed deals with Turkey, the new greek government is very pro-Russian one. All these might smell “gas” deals in the area.

The Russian president also stressed that military cooperation between Moscow and Nicosia is not directed against any third party.This concerned vessels taking part in international efforts to combat terrorism and piracy, the Russian President said.

The two countries signed eight bilateral agreements, along with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and the Central Bank of Russia.

An MoU was also signed between the Cyprus Investment Promotion Authority (CIPA) and Invest in Russia.

Anastasiades, on an official visit to Moscow, noted that from the Cyprus was in favour of a constructive dialogue with Russia and expressed his government’s determination to work for the restoration of the strategic cooperation between Moscow and Brussels.

Referring to the Cyprus issue, Putin reiterated Russia`s commitment to a principled stance for a comprehensive and just solution, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

During his three-day visit to Russia, which started on Wednesday, the Cypriot president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides; Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis; and government spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides.

Ahead of talks with Putin, the Cypriot president noted that the deal was aimed at renewing a previous agreement between the two countries, according to which Russia would service military equipment purchased by Cyprus.

  • The new deal reportedly allows Russian navy ships to use ports in Cyprus to replenish supplies and undergo maintenance.
  • Nonetheless, Britain’s High Commissioner in Cyprus, Ric Todd, has warned that offering military facilities to Moscow contradicts the European Union policies on Russia.
The Moscow-Nicosia agreement came as the Russian Federation has been hit with a series of sanctions by the United States and the EU over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Kiev and its Western allies accuse Moscow of supporting pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin categorically denies the allegation. The Cypriot president told Russian News Agency, TASS, on Tuesday that the measures have further complicated the economic situation in many European countries.

“Sanctions will only create wider problems for the whole European Union. It turns out that these sanctions will be paid for by the people from the smallest of the countries,” Anastasiades said.

Sources: presstv, cyprus-mail.com

Français: La Russie et Chypre reconduisent un accord de défense relatif à l'utilisation d' installations militaires: Chypre avait indiqué vouloir offrir à la Russie le même accès aux installations que celui offert à d' autres pays, tels que la France, qui s' est vu accorder le droit de faire atterrir ses avions militaires à la base aérienne de Paphos, et l' Allemagne qui utilise des installations portuaires dans des ports chypriotes.Le 24 Février, La Russie et Chypre ont signé cet accord de coopération militaire , dans lesquel les navires de la marine russes seront autorisés à faire escale régulière appelle au pays insulaire . 
Le document a été signé après que des entretiens ont eu lieu au cours des mois précédents entre le président russe Vladimir Poutine et son homologue chypriote visite , Nicos Anastasiades , dans la capitale de Moscou mercredi. Il doit être noté que les deux pays ont depuis liens politiques de longue date de et économique. 

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