Cyprus’ President has rebuked the U.S. Ambassador for a Tweet he claims linked his visit to Russia to the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’ dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin has critics saying he’s taking sides against the EU.
With an agreement to let Russian ships dock in Cyprus, President Vladimir Putin said he will help the crisis-struck island with additional aid.
Cyprus on Feb. 25 signed a deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls on the island, further tightening ties.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades will head to Moscow on Feb. 25 looking for an economic boost after meeting President Vladimir Putin.
Cyprus, being supported by bailout loans from international lenders, has urged Greece’s new government to make a deal with them as well.
Despite its closeness with Moscow, Cyprus will not allow Russian air or naval military bases on the island, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides said.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, choosing Cyprus for his first visit, said he would support the country’s efforts to reach a reunification settlement.
A UN envoy says deadlocked talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus are “moving in the wrong direction” amid a dispute over energy rights.
President Nicos Anastasiades said he won’t reopen reunification talk if Turkey sends an energy research vessel and warship back into Cypriot waters.