With political instability reigning in Greece as it negotiates with international lenders, Cyprus is trying to show it’s not inextricably linked with its neighbor.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit to Moscow is creating more tension with his allies, especially the United States.
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.