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Cypriots call on the help of RussianCypriot activists collect signatures for placing a military base of the Russian Federation on the island. Local media reported that the head of the Cyprus Orthodox Human Rights Center, Marius Fotiu, addressed the relevant request to President Nikos Anastasiadis. Members of the movement believe that the island may be threatened by the militants of the “Islamic State”, because of the EU states, Cyprus is the closest to Syria.


Recall that at the beginning of February 2015, either messages or rumors circulated about the likely decision of the President of Cyprus regarding the “readiness” to place Russian aviation and naval bases.

The “Dialogue on Assistance” meant the implementation of humanitarian operations at the Andreas Papandreou airbase in the Paphos region. In addition, it was about the visits of Russian warships to the ports of Cyprus (in particular, in Limassol). “There is an old (defense) agreement that should be renewed as it is. At the same time, some additional services will be provided in the same way as we do with other countries, for example, with France and Germany ", - said Anastasiadis 8 February.

Later, on February 9, the president clarified the previous statement. He told TASS about negotiations with Russia on new opportunities for Russia to use airports and seaports of Cyprus.

"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," - clarified head of the island state.

As for the Russian military facility in Cyprus, then, as noted by a diplomatic source of the RIA "News"The agreement on defense cooperation between Russia and Cyprus does not provide for the creation of such an object.

November 24 on the Russian newspaper website "News" An article appeared under the heading "Residents of Cyprus are asking for a Russian military base on the island."

It turns out that the head of the Cyprus Orthodox Human Rights Center, Marius Fotiou, and the activists of the movement asked President Nikos Anastasiadis to deploy the Russian military base on the island. As Fotiu stressed, Cyprus is closest to Syria from all EU countries, therefore its inhabitants are afraid of terrorist acts.

Activists asked the president to "invite certain naval units to the territory of Cyprus fleet and the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation. "

To promote the initiative, the organization launches a collection of signatures among citizens.

As for the services of the North Atlantic Alliance, then, as noted in the appeal to the head of Cyprus, the activists do not see the "proper result" from NATO in the fight against terrorism.

“Until the terrorists are defeated,” activists write, “our country will be in the zone of highest risk. Our army, air force and fleet need the support of a strong and skilled comrade. Russia has repeatedly demonstrated the principles of peacemaking and the protection of justice and freedom in Europe. ”

Marius Fotiu has no doubt that the organization will collect many signatures ("a few thousand"). According to him, the reaction in social networks and reviews of the discussions show that the majority of citizens of Cyprus are happy with the decision of Vladimir Putin to fight terrorists in Syria. Cypriots want their island to be covered with a Russian protective umbrella. Fotiu believes that residents will respond to the initiative of the movement positively.

According to him, the collection of signatures will continue for several weeks.

How did the Russian authorities react to such news? Alas, the newspaper "Izvestia" could not get a response from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

The media has already appeared comments of experts on the topic of the base in Cyprus.

“In the light of the war in Syria, the appearance of our military bases in Cyprus would be a very good decision,” said "Free Press" Alexander Khramchikhin, Deputy Director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis. - But we must understand that, firstly, it is quite difficult at least in terms of supply. Secondly, Cyprus is not part of NATO, but is a member of the European Union, and I personally can’t even imagine that they would be allowed to host our Armed Forces, even if the leadership of the island state really wants it. The pressure on him will be too strong, especially given the difficult economic situation in Cyprus. ”

Vtorit Khramchikhin is a member of the Expert Council of the Board of the Military-Industrial Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation, the chief editor of the journal Arsenal of the Fatherland, reserve colonel Viktor Murakhovsky. In his opinion, the EU holds almost the entire economy of Cyprus by the throat: stories with the withdrawal of part of deposits, blocking the issuance of money, etc.

“Given the pressure factor of the European Union, our bases are unlikely to appear in Cyprus,” said the expert of “SP”. “And in order to invest in the deployment of such objects, you need to have a sufficiently strong foundation for many decades to come.”

In addition, Murakhovsky noted, even though the Russian Navy keeps a group in the Mediterranean on the basis of rotation, this is not the operational squadron that was in the time of the USSR. The current Russian Mediterranean squadron is a small group of ships, and therefore "we must wait a few more years for at least all six frigates of the far sea and ocean zone of the 11356 project to become part of the Navy."

According to the director of the Research Institute of Political Sociology, Vyacheslav Smirnov, it is quite difficult to place a base in Cyprus. “Such initiatives sound from various public associations, but this proposal is quite complicated,” Smirnov told the radio. "Sputnik". - First, in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus there are two large British sovereign military bases. They remained with colonial rule, their territory is extraterritorial. There are about 7 thousands of British soldiers, military ports, there is an opportunity to accommodate the military-space connection of Britain. Secondly, the Republic of Northern Cyprus was proclaimed in the north of Cyprus, respectively, there is a large military contingent of Turkey and its air defense. But the most difficult thing is that the President of Cyprus Anastasiadis is in favor of an urgent entry into NATO, and the Parliament has already supported him in this matter. ”

Thus, let us add on our own, the collection of signatures on the island speaks more about a certain increase in the political authority of Russia in the world, rather than about real possibilities to place a military base with Cypriots. There are absolutely no conditions for such a strategic advancement of Russia in the region. It is probably for this reason that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation did not comment on the initiative of the Cyprus Orthodox Human Rights Center.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. st25310
    st25310 1 December 2015 05: 50 New
    +8
    An unsinkable aircraft carrier would not hurt.
    1. Vladimyrych
      Vladimyrych 1 December 2015 05: 56 New
      +7
      Plav composition where to get? GRKR "Moscow" to break?
      1. Vend
        Vend 1 December 2015 09: 44 New
        0
        Activists are not a government. The idea is good, will make the Turks even more nervous. And Cyprus will be protected.
        1. Throw
          Throw 1 December 2015 11: 47 New
          +2
          Activists this is not a government

          So you need to apply the experience of recent history and change the government to activists wink
      2. gispanec
        gispanec 1 December 2015 10: 43 New
        0
        Well, how not to remember the Mistals and plos and the command and control
      3. Garris199
        Garris199 1 December 2015 11: 22 New
        +1
        Take a few from other fleets. In general, the Black Sea Fleet update should be a priority.
        1. NEXUS
          NEXUS 1 December 2015 15: 52 New
          +2
          Quote: Garris199
          Take a few from other fleets. In general, the Black Sea Fleet update should be a priority.

          It is already a priority, after a long ban on replenishing the Black Sea Fleet under the Ukrainian Crimea. But it takes time to re-equip, build new ships and submarines. And the adversary does not give us time. We have to replenish the Black Sea Fleet from the Mediterranean, which would not be desirable, in principle, as the Mediterranean squadron only formed by and large.
      4. mirag2
        mirag2 1 December 2015 14: 20 New
        0
        Plav composition where to get? GRKR "Moscow" to break?
        -construct avralno.poka submarines and those ships that are there can "eat and be treated."
    2. Vega
      Vega 1 December 2015 12: 37 New
      0
      It is also necessary to take into account the NATO bases in Cyprus, so the permanent deployment of the Russian Armed Forces is nonsense.
  2. PQ-18
    PQ-18 1 December 2015 05: 55 New
    +9
    Cyprus needs MONEY, but does Russia need a base on their European "squares" that the Cypriots provide?
    1. venaya
      venaya 1 December 2015 06: 12 New
      +9
      Quote: PQ-18
      Does Russia need a base on their European "squares" that the Cypriots provide?

      The island’s geopolitical arrangement is such that it would be very interesting and even relevant for Russia. Syria is good, but Cyprus is closer to the center of Middle-earth; ship caravans pass closer to Cyprus. In general, although the question is not simple but very interesting, I consider it inadvisable to refuse such a proposal for too many reasons.
      1. Bayonet
        Bayonet 1 December 2015 07: 32 New
        +3
        Quote: venaya
        To refuse such an offer, I consider it inexpedient for too many reasons.

        Is there money to maintain such bases?
      2. U-96
        U-96 1 December 2015 07: 50 New
        +1
        Quote: venaya
        To refuse such an offer, I consider it inexpedient for too many reasons.

        What kind of expediency are we talking about if there is no suggestion? And, of course, it will not. The last paragraph of the article is completely fair.
        1. venaya
          venaya 1 December 2015 08: 26 New
          +1
          Quote: U-96
          What kind of expediency are we talking about if there is no suggestion? And, of course, will not

          Naturally, this can be discussed only if the proposal really happens. About what will not happen? It will not, and other options can keep up, wait and see. Regarding money: the opinion is clear - the presence of distant bases significantly reduces many other expenses. Let us recall at least the year 1904, the passage of our squadron from S.-P. to Vladivostok. And then what happened? You need to learn from mistakes, especially from your own.
          1. U-96
            U-96 1 December 2015 09: 03 New
            0
            Quote: venaya
            Let us recall at least the year 1904, the passage of our squadron from St. Petersburg. to Vladivostok. And then what happened? You need to learn from mistakes

            Christmas was coming from Libau. But in general - what have you pulled this transition to? Personally, I do not see any analogy.
    2. sherp2015
      sherp2015 1 December 2015 10: 03 New
      +2
      Quote: PQ-18
      Cyprus needs MONEY, but does Russia need a base on their European "squares" that the Cypriots provide?


      The Russian base would be very expedient on the Bosphorus with the Dardanelles
    3. avt
      avt 1 December 2015 11: 08 New
      +1
      Quote: PQ-18
      but does Russia need a base on their European "squares" that the Cypriots provide?

      The Angles do not bother with such questions at all - they are not going to sit and leave. They left Malta, but NO from Cyprus.
  3. Gandelman
    Gandelman 1 December 2015 06: 11 New
    -17
    We do not need Cyprus, strategically not profitable
    1. Vorobey-1
      Vorobey-1 1 December 2015 07: 01 New
      12
      Quote: Gandelman
      We do not need Cyprus, strategically not profitable

      "To us" is this to whom ?! You may not need it, but it may work for us!
      1. U-96
        U-96 1 December 2015 09: 39 New
        -2
        Quote: Vorobey-1
        "To us" is this to whom ?!

        apparently, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, because the official does not even comment on this garbage. The initiative of Cretan activists is just a whistle and bubble gum for network mega-experts. Although, I notice that the announcement of this news a few days ago caused a greater attack of basophrenia.
    2. Belousov
      Belousov 1 December 2015 08: 11 New
      +2
      So nobody calls you there. And let our Defense Ministry even think about creating a logistics point for ships, this will already be a column on the new territory.
      1. Bayonet
        Bayonet 1 December 2015 10: 19 New
        -1
        Quote: Belousov
        And let our MO think

        MO replied - "yes!" and went to think. soldier
        1. U-96
          U-96 1 December 2015 10: 52 New
          0
          Quote: Bayonet
          MO replied - "yes!" and went to think.

          ... and gone eat ...
    3. ivanovbg
      ivanovbg 1 December 2015 09: 47 New
      +5
      Quote: Gandelman
      We do not need Cyprus, strategically not profitable


      Here's how, "strategically disadvantageous!"

      For example, I already wrote 22 articles on VO, but so far I have never issued strategic analyzes from my name. Because I understand that in states such as the USA, Russia and China, one and a half people are occupied with strategy problems on the strength (without "pencil grinders" and typists, of course). And in ordinary states it is no more than a couple or three dozen people.

      And among us a world-class expert has come. Hosanna!

      Your comment is quite suitable for troll stuffing in news sites and social networks, but you can’t roll this into VO. Just look at how many minuses you grab, my only one.
    4. gispanec
      gispanec 1 December 2015 10: 45 New
      +1
      Of course not needed - strategically we need Greenland))
  4. papanya59
    papanya59 1 December 2015 06: 14 New
    +4
    Quote: Vladimir
    Plav composition where to get? GRKR "Moscow" to break?

    The main thing is to stake out the territory, security and all that. And the crew will catch up later, albeit much later.
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 1 December 2015 07: 35 New
      -1
      Quote: papanya59
      .And the crew will catch up later, albeit much later.

      Cypriots do not need this prospect, they want it now! Do you think they invite us from a big and pure love? smile
      1. ivanovbg
        ivanovbg 1 December 2015 09: 57 New
        +1
        Quote: Bayonet
        Quote: papanya59
        .And the crew will catch up later, albeit much later.

        Cypriots do not need this prospect, they want it now! Do you think they invite us from a big and pure love? smile


        Cypriots need a demonstration of the Russian flag, not a missile cruiser. Terrorists can even be drowned from corvettes, if the Turks or the United States do not fit for them, of course. So the C-400 + “Ball” division + one or two marine corps battalions + a frigate and some watchtowers - just right!
  5. Fox
    Fox 1 December 2015 06: 21 New
    +6
    well done Cypriots ... only after that you still have to collect the dough and build a base, at the expense of the Cypriots. well, and rent at their expense ... so, I think it will be normal.
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 1 December 2015 07: 37 New
      +1
      Quote: Fox
      collect dough and build a base, at the expense of the Cypriots. well, and rent at their expense ... so, I think it will be normal.

      The Cypriots can’t count on this at all! smile They offer territory in exchange for protection.
  6. avva2012
    avva2012 1 December 2015 06: 45 New
    +2
    The British will not give permission. Why do they need such a neighborhood. So, these are all dreams. Although, I would like to. The theme is really tasty.
  7. parusnik
    parusnik 1 December 2015 07: 30 New
    +5
    But the most difficult thing is that the President of Cyprus, Anastasiadis, is in favor of an urgent entry into NATO, and the parliament has already supported him in this matter. Namely, in this place the dog is buried ...
  8. ayuric
    ayuric 1 December 2015 07: 35 New
    +2
    to leave the European Union, expel the Saxons and Turks, and join the 91st region of RUSSIA, at the same time the question of the rest of the working people will be decided ...
    1. aba
      aba 1 December 2015 22: 23 New
      0
      kick out ... the Turks

      Rada would not have been able to since 1974.
    2. yastr
      yastr 2 December 2015 15: 29 New
      0
      Even 92 :) 90 and 91 are the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol.
  9. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 1 December 2015 07: 38 New
    0
    collection of signatures on the island speaks rather about some the growth of Russia's political authority in the world

    I also think that at the moment this is the only correct definition. But obviously, they took a note in the government and the Russian Defense Ministry.
  10. shimus
    shimus 1 December 2015 07: 46 New
    11
    That's it!
    A new slogan of the military registration and enlistment office to attract citizens who are in reserve for military service under the contract: "Paid holidays in Cyprus according to the system are all-inclusive and charged!"
    1. rotmistr60
      rotmistr60 1 December 2015 08: 52 New
      +3
      Fine. American army recruiters have been acting like this for a long time and successfully.
      1. bastard
        bastard 1 December 2015 10: 20 New
        +1
        Quote: shimus
        A new slogan of the military registration and enlistment office to attract citizens who are in reserve for military service under the contract: "Paid holidays in Cyprus according to the system are all-inclusive and charged!"

        Quote: rotmistr60
        Fine. American army recruiters have been acting like this for a long time and successfully.

        For the United States, maybe normal, and then Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, etc.
        We are not the United States, military service should not be advertised as sneakers or pads with wings. It is the sacred duty of every capable young man to give a year (just!) To his life in order to learn basic army skills, learn to hold arms and, if anything, defend his homeland. The young guy himself must understand that he is a defender, that the Motherland is a mother, that military service is not an entertainment event, but a serious stage in the life of a young man, becoming him as a man. Otherwise, he is a rag.
        The army should not be advertised, but shown in all its glory and power, purifying it from vices and shortcomings, together with their carriers, so that everyone understands: a person with epaulettes is a man of the highest standard.
    2. U-96
      U-96 1 December 2015 09: 54 New
      0
      Quote: shimus
      The new slogan of the draft board to attract citizens

      Quote: rotmistr60
      Fine. American army recruiters have been acting like this for a long time and successfully.

      ok hold:
  11. Zomanus
    Zomanus 1 December 2015 08: 39 New
    +3
    After their banks threw us famously,
    that there is no trust in them.
    We can go in, raise the infrastructure,
    and then they will ask us from there, possibly with a scandal.
    Remember Greece, as they first proudly said no.
    lenders, and then bent lower, so that it would be more convenient for them ...
    lend further.
  12. Old26
    Old26 1 December 2015 08: 45 New
    +3
    Quote: Fox
    well done Cypriots ... only after that you still have to collect the dough and build a base, at the expense of the Cypriots. well, and rent at their expense ... so, I think it will be normal.

    Buy a lip-cutting machine. And to build a base at the expense of the Cypriots, and they will pay rent for this base. And we will be in chocolate ...
    It’s only in dreams. But in reality, we can build for our money, and pay us (of course, this is hypothetical, since no one has offered us a base). And after some time they will also raise the rent, also pay them not to them, but to us.
  13. bubla5
    bubla5 1 December 2015 08: 54 New
    +1
    Cypriots have already thrown Russia and its firms once, it will also be with the base, they will build equipment, and then they say go to khur
  14. andrew42
    andrew42 1 December 2015 08: 57 New
    -1
    In such a situation, the maximum that Russia can go to is to organize in Cyprus some kind of "point of presence", but not a base. Firstly, to refuse to those who ask is destructive for the image. Secondly, investing there in large volumes is dangerous and stupid. Thirdly, the very fact of the presence of a small group of Russian military in Cyprus - this will already make it possible to create a mantle for the "troika of greyhounds" of Britain / Turkey / USA, and will expand our ability to bargain on other issues. Although, if the question in Cyprus is about NATO membership, then the conversation is short - Everything is in the garden.
  15. Seneca
    Seneca 1 December 2015 09: 01 New
    +2
    Quote: ayuric
    to leave the European Union, expel the Saxons and Turks, and join the 91st region of RUSSIA, at the same time the question of the rest of the working people will be decided ...

    But what about the Crimea?)
    1. The comment was deleted.
    2. GOGY
      GOGY 1 December 2015 22: 55 New
      0
      In the summer we will go to the Crimea, in the winter to Cyprus (there in January the water temperature is + 16) - on the Volga the average is 17 - 19 in the summer, so it’s tolerable yes
  16. YaMZ-238
    YaMZ-238 1 December 2015 09: 02 New
    0
    Here you are Cypriots crafted .... here you are Cypriots Cypriots ...
  17. Old26
    Old26 1 December 2015 09: 17 New
    0
    Quote: andrew42
    Firstly, to refuse to those who ask is destructive for the image

    And how many of those asking. With half a percent of the population will be at least ???

    Quote: andrew42
    Thirdly, the very fact of the presence of a small group of Russian military in Cyprus - this will already allow creating a mantle for the "troika of greyhounds" of Britain / Turkey / USA,

    You think so. You yourself do not offer a base, but a certain point of presence. And the presence there of several tens or even hundreds of military will create a jerk ?? Well you are a dreamer
  18. Forest
    Forest 1 December 2015 09: 42 New
    +1
    Do not forget that part of Cyprus was captured by Turkey, so the Cypriots are more likely afraid of these warriors.
  19. Nikolay71
    Nikolay71 1 December 2015 10: 17 New
    0
    Quote: bubla5
    Cypriots have already thrown Russia and its firms once, it will also be with the base, they will build equipment, and then they say go to khur

    I agree. It is one thing the people collect signatures, and another thing that their government will do.
  20. moskowit
    moskowit 1 December 2015 10: 46 New
    +3
    It’s easier to do. Pavel the First was the Master of the Order of Malta and Vladimir Vladimirich came up with some sort of Cypriot order magistrate ... Moreover, for some time Cyprus was in the possession of the Order of the Hospitallers ...
    1. U-96
      U-96 1 December 2015 10: 56 New
      +1
      Quote: moskowit
      It’s easier to do. Vladimir Vladimirich come up with some sort of Cypriot order magistrate ...

      Yes, even the Masonic lodge. Why are you doing this?
      1. Izotovp
        Izotovp 1 December 2015 11: 30 New
        +2
        They suggested that Greece sell the islands to pay off loans, so buy for our base smile
        1. Bayonet
          Bayonet 1 December 2015 21: 33 New
          0
          Quote: Izotovp
          They suggested that Greece sell the islands to pay off loans, so buy for our base

          Recreation facilities for our generals! lol
  21. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 1 December 2015 11: 27 New
    +1
    I don’t think that the Cypriots really want to help Russia. Rather, they want the Russians, if anything, to protect them from the Turks, while the local population will be sitting in restaurants, well, Russian money of course. When it's over, the invaders will politely but persistently ask to free the territory, well, or more money.
  22. silver_roman
    silver_roman 1 December 2015 12: 17 New
    0
    With such calls - the base of the Russian Navy in Cyprus, ISIS will definitely blow up something Cypriot soon.
    They that essentially do not chop? play out.
  23. denpom2
    denpom2 1 December 2015 14: 22 New
    0
    Good idea.
  24. kuz363
    kuz363 1 December 2015 18: 55 New
    -3
    These corrupt Greeks and other Cypriots ... I hope to replenish my treasury at the expense of Russia. It seems that part of the shareholders of Yukos from Cyprus. And how many Russian offshore companies are there!
  25. CRASH
    CRASH 1 December 2015 18: 59 New
    -2
    Cypriots call on the help of Russian Kalashnikovs and send them T72 old, UAZ and so on.