According to Taras Berezovets, the statement by Nikos Anastasiadis, the President of Cyprus, about the readiness of the country to host a Russian naval base and air forces became a sensation of this weekend. The Cypriot promised that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin would discuss this issue in Moscow on February 25, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Berezovets' post in Facebook.
"The Russian media was quick to announce that, as a result, Russia would be able to control almost the entire area of the Mediterranean.
It could, but it can not. As usual, giving Nikos' words as a fait accompli, the Kremlin media withheld one detail. NATO member Turkey will not make the decision on the placement of the base. Even in the case of a positive decision it would have to get approval from the Council of NATO.
A total disregard of the topic by European and American media shows that Cyprus' proposal is empty. So why did Cyprus even mention this possibility? The answer is simple. Sly Cypriots are very eager to return Russian tourists and Russian investment to the island, and they simply play on the emotions of aggravated Russians. It is a geopolitical trick," the analyst wrote.
It should be recalled that the President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis said that on the island there could be placed air and naval bases of the Armed Forces of Russia. In addition, he opposed the extension of sanctions against Russia.