x

Politics

Cyprus Slip Sliding Away from More EU Russia Sanctions

NICOSIA – Already upset over a European Union ban on Russian airlines over the invasion of Ukraine that cost Cyprus a key tourist market, President Nicos Anastasiades indicated he won’t go along with more penalties if they don’t work.

“Some concerns have already been raised by the Cypriot government regarding the sixth sanctions package,” he said, adding that the measures should be targeted – which other countries have said over thei  reluctance.

“The impact on member states should be taken into account by European partners so that instead of being sanctions against the invader, they do not end up being sanctions against the member states themselves,” he said.

He said, mimicking other country’s leaders, that they support the sanctions unless it goes against their self-interests which could render them moot if every country acts on its own and starts backing away.

“What exists is that if and when some of the proposed measures that we have identified and documented have shown that they do not help, and are not in line with the goal pursued by the EU, then simply those specific measures will not be adopted,” he said, reported The Cyprus Mail.

With Finland and Sweden seeking NATO entry as protection against potential Russian aggression, he said it’s too soon to indicate whether Cyprus would try as well.

That would likely be moot as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will block Sweden and Finland from getting in and doesn’t recognize Cyprus, a member of the EU, and would almost certainly veto any attempt by the island’s government from being admitted, especially with Turkey occupying the northern third since unlawful 1974 invasions.

“Even if it were the wish of the Cypriot government, there would be a collision against procedural matters, especially Turkey’s objection,” Anastasiades said, explaining that unanimity is required for NATO membership.

“Apart from that, we are a small country, we need protection of course, and the issue is to make that protection effective and for any decisions to be approved by the people,” he concluded.

 

 

RELATED

NICOSIA - The World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ruled against Greek investors who lost $600 million in bonds and deposits in Cypriot banks in 2013, the funds seized on government orders to prevent their collapse.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

2 Germans, a Spaniard and a Senegalese Killed in Building Collapse in Spain’s Mallorca Island

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Police on Friday gave details on four people killed when a building housing a bar and restaurant club collapsed on the island of Mallorca.

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Sean “Diddy” Combs subjected her to violence and abuse over several years in the 1990s has filed a lawsuit in New York accusing the rapper of sexual assault, battery and gender-motivated violence.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Hunter Biden is due in court on Friday for the final hearing before he's expected to stand trial on federal firearms charges in Delaware as his father's reelection campaign unfolds.

PARIS (AP) — A police officer in riot-hit New Caledonia shot and killed a man Friday after being set upon by a group of about 15 people, the territory's prosecutor said.

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Police on Friday gave details on four people killed when a building housing a bar and restaurant club collapsed on the island of Mallorca.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.