Russia warns Cyprus against allowing U.S. military to deploy there

Discussion in 'Gog / Magog' started by Almost Heaven, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Wednesday warned authorities in Cyprus not to allow the U.S. military to deploy on their territory, saying such a move would draw a Russian reaction and result in “dangerous and destabilizing consequences” for the Mediterranean island.

    Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Moscow had become aware of what she called “anti-Russian plans” involving Cyprus and the U.S. military which she said was eyeing setting up forward operating bases for its troops there.

    “We’re getting information from various sources that the United States is actively studying options to build up its military presence on Cyprus,” Zakharova told a news briefing in Moscow.

    “The aim is not being hidden - to counter growing Russian influence in the region in the light of the successful operation by the Russian military in Syria.”

    There was no immediate U.S. response to her comments.

    Prodromos Prodromou, a spokesman for the Cypriot government, said the island had no desire to further militarize.

    “We want to clarify that it has never been our aim, nor do we seek the militarization of Cyprus,” he said, responding to Zakharova’s remarks.

    “The Republic of Cyprus, because of its advantageous geographical position, offers facilities for missions of a humanitarian nature, and then only in cases where countries make a request or have a relevant MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the Republic.”

    Zakharova said a U.S. delegation had inspected potential sites for the bases and that Washington was engaged in intensive talks with Nicosia on expanding military cooperation.
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  2. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    Putin's real objection is the Israel and Cyprus planned pipeline. The planned pipeline would supply gas to Europe cutting Putin out of some major revenue.
  3. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    That was my first thought.

    The other thing is, why don't we just set up a base in Israel? It's not much farther by water to Syria than Cyprus is.

    Can you imagine the furor it would cause in the ME if we did that? First the embassy move and then a major Med Sea Base in Israel?
  4. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    I’ve always wanted us to set up a major base in Israel. I think we already have “bases within Israeli bases” as it is now.

    A Cyprus base would be a good way to provide close support to Israel and other allies. Perhaps they are thinking of moving the stuff from Turkey to Cyprus? Erdogan is not reliable IMHO.
  5. athenasius

    athenasius Well-Known Member

    Bingo! Plus Putin is seeing just how much he can push his own agenda on others. This is a testing situation, seeing if he can intimidate Cyprus into doing Putin's will. If it works, Putin can increase his presence in the Med just that much more.

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