Hunting for The Red October In The Mediterranean Sea? – Cyprus signs deal to allow Russian navy to use ports

Russia has signed an agreement with Cyprus to give Russian navy ships access to Cypriot ports. President Putin said that other countries should not be concerned and that the port’s main use would be for counter-terrorism and anti-piracy. (BBC)

Cyprus, which also hosts British military bases, comes amid strong Russia-West tensions over Ukraine, the worst since the Cold War times. (AP)

The agreement is part of an overall deal to help Cyprus overcome crisis aftermath, said Valdimir Putin. During the meeting with Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades, the Russia President said: “Russia will continue to provide assistance to Cyprus in liquidating the aftermath of the debt crisis,”. Russia has already given Cyprus a €2.5 billion stabilization loan on favorable terms, the president added. (Russia Today)

Cyprus is the next in a line of individual EU nations with which Russia has sought to forge stronger ties. (Deutsche Welle)

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