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Russia and Cyprus: "Chinese secrets" of military cooperation

8 February The Russian press was flooded with reports of a powerful strategic move by the Cypriot government. With references to the Chinese agency Xinhua, which in turn referred to Cypriot newspapers, it was reported that President Nikos Anastasiadis was ready to place on the island’s territory Russian aviation and naval bases. Experts rushed to write articles about the new stage of the Cold War between the West and Russia and the fraternal friendship with Cyprus, with the help of which European friends will be defeated. On February 9, it became clear that Cyprus was going to provide Russia with only additional opportunities to use the Andreas Papandreou air base in Paphos. Experts from the network are gone.

Russia and Cyprus: "Chinese secrets" of military cooperation

Chinese source (Xinhua News Agency) really points out: "Cyprus will offer President President of Nicos Anastasiades on Friday". Translated into Russian: "Cyprus will offer Russia to deploy military facilities on its territory, said President Nikos Anastasiadis on Friday." Post date - 7 February.

February 8 Online "" A note appeared under the heading "Cyprus will offer Russia to place military bases on the island."

The article referring to Xinhua states that Nikos Anastasiadis declared his readiness to deploy Russian aviation and naval bases on his territory. The agreement on military cooperation should be signed 25 February, during the visit of the head of Cyprus to Moscow. The statement of the Cypriot President is cited: “There is an old (defense) agreement that should be renewed as it is. At the same time, some additional services will be provided - just like we do with other countries, for example, with France and Germany. ”

Lenta writes that the Russian Air Force will presumably use the Andreas Papandreu airbase, combined with the Pafos International Airport (50 km from the British Royal Air Force Akrotiri airbase). Well, and the Russian Navy will be able to constantly use the base "Limassol".

February 9 on the same "Tape" another message appeared: "The President of Cyprus explained the expansion of military cooperation with Russia."

Lenta writes that Nikos Anastasiadis spoke in an interview with TASS about negotiations with Russia on new opportunities for the use of the Russian Federation’s airports and seaports of the island state.

“We are conducting a dialogue on additional opportunities with the Russian Federation, which can be provided in the event of a humanitarian operation or emergency situations,” said the head of state. In these circumstances, Russian military aircraft and ships could use the ports of Cyprus. Thus, it is about updating the existing agreement between the countries.

"Tape" also refers to the message RIA "News”From 9 February, in which, referring to a diplomatic source, it was stated that the agreement on defense cooperation between Russia and Cyprus does not provide for the creation of a Russian military base on the island.

Under a different title - frankly propaganda - an article appeared on "BBC": “Cyprus denied media claims about Russian military bases”.

Quote from text:

“The Government of Cyprus has denied reports in the Russian press that the president of the country allegedly intends to lease Russia two military bases on the island.

“The issue of Russian air or naval bases in Cyprus is not and never was,” said Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

On Sunday, the Russian state news agency RIA “Novosti” reported that Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis would offer Moscow to open its bases in Cyprus during his visit to Russia on February 25. The report referred to the words of the president, allegedly said in an interview with an unnamed Cypriot newspaper, which, according to RIA Novosti, was reported by the Chinese Xinhua news agency.

Then this message was spread by many Russian media, including the government-owned Rossiyskaya Gazeta, sometimes without any references. ”

Further, the BBC quotes the words of the head of the Cyprus Foreign Ministry, Ioannis Kasoulides. He denied reports of rental bases, noting also that “Russia has never made such requests” (this was written by the Cypriot agency CNA).

BBC notes that the very idea of ​​Russia renting military bases in Cyprus would cause serious disagreements, since Cyprus should take part in the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia. Close military cooperation with Russia would worsen Cyprus’s relations with Great Britain: after all, two British military bases are stationed on the island.

Journalist Andrei Yashlavsky ("Moscow Komsomol") in the fall of 2013 participated in a meeting of Russian journalists in Nicosia with the Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides. The Foreign Minister answered the question about the possible interest of the Russian Federation in the bases in Cyprus: “Russia neither then nor now requested any military base in Cyprus. We are striving to update our agreements on military cooperation and now we are negotiating on the form in which we can provide certain benefits to the Russian the fleetwhich is now in the Mediterranean. ”

As for the position of the current President of Cyprus, he, before his victory in the elections, the correspondent notes, was known for speaking out in favor of Cyprus joining NATO.

To this must be added something else.

In a recent interview with Cyprus Weekly, President Anastasiadis said that Cyprus opposes additional anti-Russian sanctions. “We want to avoid further deterioration of relations between Russia and Europe,” he quotes RBC.

Thus, the deployment on the island of Russian aviation and naval bases (more precisely, the lease of the existing Cyprus bases) is not in question. However, the visit of the head of Cyprus to Moscow 25 February will take place. One of its goals will be to update the agreement between Cyprus and Russia: to approve additional opportunities that the Russian Federation may receive in Cyprus when carrying out humanitarian operations or in emergency situations.

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  1. Revolver
    Revolver 11 February 2015 07: 15 New
    A Chinese source (Xinhua News Agency) does indicate: “Cyprus will offer Russia military facilities on its soil, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday.”
    That is, the Chinese deliberately made a throw in order to probe the mood, and at the same time, if possible, further quarrel the Russian Federation with the West. And they succeeded, everyone they had in mind was led into their stuffing. But why the Chinese need this, what they had in mind, and what they aimed at - this is a very interesting question, and the answers may be even more interesting.
    1. saag
      saag 11 February 2015 07: 18 New
      Quote: Nagan
      But why do the Chinese need it

      Get cheap resources from the Russian Federation
      1. Revolver
        Revolver 11 February 2015 07: 21 New
        Quote: saag
        Quote: Nagan
        But why do the Chinese need it

        Get cheap resources from the Russian Federation
        Really cheap for the Chinese, but is it beneficial for the Russians? Here is another interesting question.
        1. anip
          anip 11 February 2015 08: 15 New
          Quote: Nagan
          Really cheap for the Chinese, but is it beneficial for the Russians? Here is another interesting question.

          Here's an even more interesting question:
          Does anyone ask Russians?

          The cohort sitting in the Kremlin is himself radiant, Putin’s friends, friends of friends, all sorts of other oligarchs (which we don’t have, as you once said, you know who), but they all do not care about the people, they only need more money, and the next rebuild a multi-billion dollar yacht or cottage.
    2. Silkway0026
      Silkway0026 11 February 2015 07: 23 New
      but Xinhua referred to the Cypriot newspapers. This was not a stuffing of the Chinese. If there was a stuffing, then the Cypriots.
      1. Same lech
        Same lech 11 February 2015 07: 26 New
        If there was a stuffing, then the Cypriots.

        It is unlikely that CYPRUS can independently resolve such issues, remember how the Cypriots expropriated the contributions of many Russians under the pressure of the Anglo-Saxons.

        The rescue of the largest bank of the Bank of Cyprus took place according to a very remarkable scheme - due to international loans and due to confiscation of funds of large investors. Holders of deposits of more than 100 thousand euros in this bank have lost 30 to 40% of their funds.
        1. Krasmash
          Krasmash 11 February 2015 07: 30 New
          Quote: The same LYOKHA
          Remember how the Cypriots expropriated the contributions of many Russians under the pressure of the Anglo-Saxons.

          Yes, do not care about such Russians. They grabbed from Russia, and the Cypriots chopped off from them. Not one engineer, worker and farmer does not place their own money there, because they don’t have such funds. Small trouble.
      2. pahom54
        pahom54 11 February 2015 09: 53 New
        Quote: Silkway0026
        If there was a stuffing, then the Cypriots.

        To which the Greek President reacted the next day, declaring that there would be no Russian bases in Cyprus, Greece was against (naturally, they are all NATO members there) ...
      3. Rus2012
        Rus2012 11 February 2015 10: 46 New
        Quote: Silkway0026
        This was not a stuffing of the Chinese. If there was a stuffing, then the Cypriots.

        ... in fact, many magazines, as always, fell for the empty husk and raised the chaff based only on the "inaccurate translation" of the features of the Chinese language.

        But here is a powerful source of multifaceted opportunities from the merger of two cultures, Chinese and Russian. Enjoy it!
        6-year-old Gordey Kolesov on China Central TV, CCTV-1
    3. Siberian German
      Siberian German 11 February 2015 07: 32 New
      let's be honest - and we need it - I mean Cyprus - What is Cyprus - an island where there is nothing. in addition to offshore companies, where the money stolen in Russia goes, and at the same time - we need to shake it up Turkey - if we do business with them - the base in Syria - this is the topic - it will lie on the paths of many strategic routes - it’s not without reason that the Qatari people moved there too the pipeline is needed.
      Someone will say co-religionists - and I'll say spit and grind - they are the same co-religionists as we betrayed - well, about some Bulgarians you can give as many examples

      1. Orel
        Orel 11 February 2015 09: 21 New
        In Cyprus, only the lazy is not based. There a large air base of the British Air Force, the fleet of Germany, Greece and France has the right to base there. Turkey in Northern Cyprus is in fact sitting. Therefore, permission to use the air base and port for Russia only means that instead of Syria, we will now replenish supplies in Cyprus, and there was not a word about the deployment of any permanent military group of the Russian Federation. Roughly speaking, we went into the port, rested, replenished supplies and sail yourself, the same with aviation.
        1. Vend
          Vend 11 February 2015 09: 51 New
          Oh and the sly Cypriots. Humanitarian military bases in Russia, so in case of conflict, so that the Russians could be evacuated. Now there will be military bases and Cyprus will train something. Is it possible to get out of the EU, one can feel calm under the protection of Russian humanitarian bases wink
      2. mimrikov3
        mimrikov3 11 February 2015 14: 41 New
        From Cyprus it is convenient to provide air support to Syria. Yes, and the Black Sea Fleet more confidently felt in the middle-earth.
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    5. siberalt
      siberalt 11 February 2015 10: 42 New
      I can’t find any information regarding Turkey’s reaction to the Cyprus proposal to locate a Russian base in Paphos. She is, after all, a NATO member. Yes, and Greece is tied to the "Turkish Stream"winked Something strange is boiling.
      1. Sid.74
        Sid.74 11 February 2015 11: 22 New
        Why are you guessing something? He’ll come to Moscow, and there you will see! winked
        Here you should not forget how Europe bent over Cyprus, in fact robbing ordinary Cypriots. It is clear that there is no smoke without fire. There are still EU faces making faces. The Turks are building a gas flow with us. So the British and the Air Force prove something there, it’s not worth taking the calculation. These bastards will lie and not even choke. You can remember both the telegraph and the economist who the fakes threw about joining the Customs Union of Ukraine and the movement of Russian troops to Ukraine.
        You can recall how Kemeron was the first to rush to Greece when there were rumors in Greece about leaving the EU. He cares, they have a referendum on leaving the EU appointed.
        Anglo-Saxons are the most reptile of the reptile, which for five centuries muddy the water all over the world.
    6. itr
      itr 11 February 2015 11: 34 New
      Revolver. I do not agree with you! Cyprus, like all Greeks, is trying to leave and squeeze beans from the European Union, that's all
      What are the bases? If we are friends with the Turks! It doesn’t wake anything fool there
      But the debt they must give Russia in the 16th year is a fact. So the conclusion is one guys will take off
  2. Name
    Name 11 February 2015 07: 24 New
    But imagine if all the same Russia and Cyprus will be able to "update the agreement ... on military cooperation", and ... winked Turkey, Syria, Egypt - within easy reach. The Pentagon is hysterical.
    1. Shadowcat
      Shadowcat 11 February 2015 07: 31 New
      Syria and Egypt as strategically important destinations, yes. Probably Greece. And Turkey ... We got it even without the Crimea, and so it was "5 minutes" flight to Constantinople.
  3. Shadowcat
    Shadowcat 11 February 2015 07: 27 New
    That sounds wonderful, but my neighbors are bothering me: the British and the Turks. If you can expect howling and provocations from the former, then the latter are our partners at the moment, and Cyprus in their sphere of interests as I recall. With the third, Greece, also very, very interested in this island.
    Complex porridge ...
  4. Ols76
    Ols76 11 February 2015 07: 29 New
    In a recent interview with Cyprus Weekly, President Anastasiadis said that Cyprus is opposed to additional anti-Russian sanctions. “We want to avoid further deterioration of relations between Russia and Europe,” RBC quoted him as saying ......... I’m glad that anyone at EU has common sense.
  5. DMB-75
    DMB-75 11 February 2015 07: 39 New
    A tempting offer, there is something to think about!
  6. Flinky
    Flinky 11 February 2015 07: 43 New
    Stuffing from the filing of shaved people who bought several Cypriot newspapers. Some are asleep and see that we have quarreled with the Turks in Drabadan. After all, then the Turkish Stream will not come true.
  7. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 11 February 2015 07: 44 New
    Hmm ... what What bothers you about all this is that, firstly, there is an English military base in Cyprus, and secondly, part of the island is occupied by Turkey. No.
  8. ovod84
    ovod84 11 February 2015 08: 01 New
    nonsense I think our media should publish only verified information, we need objective and real information and not stuffing.
    1. Sunseich
      Sunseich 11 February 2015 09: 05 New
      OUR MEDIA ?! Respected! Modern media and honesty get along very badly!
      look at the face of our Internet - Yandex. What is not a day - then infusion of disinformation! "the separatists fired at", "the separatists killed". You write to them, and the answer is one garbage: we cooperate with various news offices. That is, we are not guilty! ...
      What about Mail? - also not far gone: no matter the day - new stories and stupid articles on the first page!
      Next on the list of sellers is RBC - news hangs for 2-3 years, articles "why Russia has once again crumpled" and so on
      about the purely yellow press in the form of AiF, KP and Maxim, and so on - I am just silent, there they pour a united front over the most Russian - Muscovites.
  9. victorsh
    victorsh 11 February 2015 08: 35 New
    One of its goals will be the updating of the agreement between Cyprus and Russia: the approval of additional opportunities that the Russian Federation may receive in Cyprus during humanitarian operations or in emergency situations.

    In case of emergency and without contracts, landing at the airfield or call at the port is provided.
  10. Eugene-Eugene
    Eugene-Eugene 11 February 2015 08: 43 New
    update of the agreement between Cyprus and Russia: approval of additional opportunities that the Russian Federation can receive in Cyprus in the implementation humanitarian operations or in emergency situations

    Apparently, this is about creating the infrastructure for servicing the Russian Federation’s supplies to the Middle East, primarily to Syria, that is, about a sort of intermediate transport hub between the Black Sea and Middle Eastern ports
  11. Executer
    Executer 11 February 2015 09: 09 New
    From the point of view of strategy and politics - even if Moscow needs Cyprus as a geographical point, and at the same time does not want political losses in relations with Turkey, then in this case there is Northern (Turkish) Cyprus - a completely undeveloped territory ...
  12. Uzzy
    Uzzy 11 February 2015 10: 04 New
    Why is Cyprus such a bouquet of military bases (Germany, France, Great Britain, Turkey ...)? Yes, and potential enemies (I mean + Russia)?
    Only one conclusion suggests itself: pour in more money!
  13. Thronekeeper
    Thronekeeper 11 February 2015 11: 29 New
    Throwing Cypriots. Rather, even the leak of Anastasiadis’s Wishlist, who recently wanted to join NATO, and as the full Popandopoulos arrived, asks the good uncle of the AB's GDP, Navy base, money, and more, more.
    What receives a natural rejection.
    Firstly, the legal status of Cyprus is rather suspended. Formally, it is a sovereign republic, de facto, a GBB semi-protectorate, while the British military bases are British territory (2% of the territory), like Gibraltar, and not just leased bases. 33% - under Turkey, and "Turkish Cyprus" as a sovereign state (and not part of Turkey) is recognized by Abkhazia + South Ossetia, very sensitive.
    And finally, neighbors like the Britons completely nullify the benefits of full-fledged air and naval bases in Cyprus. Since in the region the Russian Federation has two main tasks for the future - the possible cover of Syria from the US 6th Fleet and disabling the INF and Israeli nuclear weapons stockpiles. The Britons make the "mission impossible" by reducing it to the exchange of sabotage and battles over the island. Moreover, they are at home. Not to mention the rest - Cyprus is some kind of international brothel for military pilots and sailors of all countries.
    Greece’s potential withdrawal from NATO will not reverse any of these factors.
    Establishing reliable bases in Egypt is more valuable strategically and more reliably.
  14. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 11 February 2015 12: 18 New
    "The holiday did not last long ..." The President of Cyprus in European politics is an insignificant figure and no one will allow him to make independent decisions on the deployment of bases in a strategically important area, such issues are resolved in other places and by other people.
  15. valokordin
    valokordin 11 February 2015 12: 30 New
    Who did not guess why such a pro-Russian Cyprus president? The answer is clear in the banks of Cyprus are billions of dollars and euros stolen in Russia. If European banks plucked a little banks in Cyprus, and our currency thieves, after warning the Cypriot authorities, were able to temporarily withdraw the currency, now the money has returned and needs to be protected. Everything is simple. In London, according to press reports from the United Kingdom, there are more than 300 thousand Russians, of whom thousands are billionaires and they are asked to tell the Bank of Britain where they got the money from. What will happen next. They steal endlessly, export capital, and cut the budget.
  16. valentina-makanalina
    valentina-makanalina 11 February 2015 13: 57 New
    No wonder they say: - Chinese letter ...
    Horseradish translate. One character, but many meanings.
  17. NACC
    NACC 11 February 2015 14: 46 New
    It's time to return to Cuba.
  18. Aspirin
    Aspirin 11 February 2015 15: 38 New
    The Greeks want to enter paradise on someone else's hump. On this island, they’ve been making history for XNUMX years. FOREIGNERS. The relic nation.
  19. andrey_lev
    andrey_lev 11 February 2015 20: 14 New
    For Cyprus, the presence of the RF Armed Forces on its territory, albeit nominally, is a guarantee of maintaining neutrality in an increasingly aggravating conflict between NATO and Russia. It is clear that they will not go into conflict with their main allies. But there are attempts to give both yours and ours.