Russia and Cyprus sign military deal on port access in Mediterranean Sea

Cyprus has signed an agreement with Russia to give Russian navy ships access to Cypriot ports in the Mediterranean Sea.

The agreement in this regard was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cyprus counterpart President Nicos Anastasiades in Moscow.

Military deal between both nations comes at the time when the tensions between Russia and Western countries over the Ukrainian conflict have worsened.

Key facts about agreement

  • Russia will use these ports in Cyprus to dock its naval ships for the purpose of counter-terrorism and anti-piracy operations.
  • Russia is also looking to use an air base in Cyprus for humanitarian relief missions in this region.
  • It is also considered that by building up base in Cyprus, will replace its search for base in Mediterranean since it has lost its previous base in on Syria in the Syrian crisis.

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