France Looks to Develop Defense Cooperation with Cyprus

Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian shake hands after they make statements to media during a press conference after their meeting at the Cypriot foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/ Philippos Christou)

NICOSIA (AP) — France’s foreign minister says his country is looking to bolster defense cooperation with Cyprus that could help augment Europe’s presence in the east Mediterranean.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday after talks with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides that France wants a more united, democratic and sovereign Europe “whose voice is heard with greater power in the world.”

Christodoulides said Cyprus is ready to work with France to fulfill the ambition of French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe takes more responsibility for its own defense.

French warships often use the east Mediterranean island-nation — some 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Syria’s coastline — as a resupply and refueling stop.

The two ministers also discussed expanding energy cooperation.

French company Total is already licensed to search for hydrocarbons off Cyprus’ southern coast.

Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian make statements to media during a press conference after their meeting at the Cypriot foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Cyprus and France have in recent years bolstered ties in the fields of energy, the economy, defense, and culture. French oil and gas company Total is licensed to search for hydrocarbons off Cyprus’ southern coast. (AP Photo/ Philippos Christou)
Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian make statements to media during a press conference after their meeting at the Cypriot foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Cyprus and France have in recent years bolstered ties in the fields of energy, the economy, defense, and culture. French oil and gas company Total is licensed to search for hydrocarbons off Cyprus’ southern coast. (AP Photo/ Philippos Christou)
Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian make statements to media during a press conference after their meeting at the Cypriot foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Cyprus and France have in recent years bolstered ties in the fields of energy, the economy, defense, and culture. French oil and gas company Total is licensed to search for hydrocarbons off Cyprus’ southern coast. (AP Photo/ Philippos Christou)

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  1. All of Sudden….. with Nato ally and member Turkey….again demonstrating that it will pursuit its interests, and sovereignty to make deals with whoever it wishes….France…. who has threatened to attack Syria again …for this time advancing on the last major holdover of the Terrorist organizations like Al Queda, ISiS. and Al nustra to liberate Idlib, Syria …and if you didn’t know…is part of the country of Syria, France , England and the United States …are the core enforcers of the wolf pack fascist empire ….that have bombed and muirdered million of people thruout the middle East to overthrow those governments not compliant to their control!

    The other common denominator between France, Britain, and the United States….is that they cold blooded colonialist and White Supremacist….who believe they own the world …and are key members of the Nato alliance which somehow changed their membership charter from a defensive alliance …to being entitled to attack other foreign countries of the world to make them compliant to their rule!

    This approach by France, to a undeclared Nato Cyprus …represent Nato response to Turkey possibly leaving Nato or relegated to an unreliable obedient member, unlike Greece!

    One would think they can simply get Cyprus to become a member of Nato…and then you would not need any formal military cooperation agreement! however, these degenerates ….first already have two Nato bases in Cyprus …with the British…who have complete freedom to launch war crimes bombings from the bases in Cyprus, and secondly, this represents a conflict of interest with Nato Turkey….who has been a compliant occupier of Cyprus to assure ….that Nato maintains control of Cyprus and prohibits any Russian or any other country from having any influence or relations with the created enemies of Nato!

    The French are merely complying with the United States and Israeli financial benefactors…. to lend support to the new initiative …to run oil pipeline from Israel to Cyprus to Ports in Europe….which is a major reason for the onslaught of Syria….. because the only pipeline that they will allow thru Syria …is their own and with Iran , lebanon, and Russia to the Meditaranean and Europe! Consequently…Turkey could be a conduit for this Israeli, U.S Cyprus pipeline but due to being an enemy of the U.S now…. they must go around Turkey!

    Hence, Cyprus is in the crosshairs of the Nato empire and it oil and gas territorial rights…which Turkey is now also making claims!

    It is as simple as that, and Greece has demonstrated their compliance to this new regional alliance by rejecting the EU initiative and actlion…to force Israel to label their products from the illegal settlements in gaza and Israel …..that the U.N. has deemed violating the rights of the Palistinian people!

    Congratulations on the new owners of Greece and Cyprus…France, Britain, Israel and the United States!

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