Kyiv: Russia is demanding that Cyprus’s authorities not allow a strengthening of the US military presence in the country.
This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
"The goal is not hidden - to counter the growing Russian influence in the region in the light of the successful operation of the Russian military in Syria," she said.
According to her, Washington is holding intensive consultations with Nicosia in various aspects of expanding cooperation in the military-technical sphere.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry stressed that the further militarization of Cyprus "will lead to dangerous destabilizing consequences" for it.
“Moscow cannot fail to take into account the anti-Russian component of these plans, in the case of which we will be forced to take appropriate measures,” Zakharova said.
The US has not yet responded to this statement. In turn, the spokesman of the Government of Cyprus Prodromos Prodromou said that the island has no desire to continue militarization.
We recall that in the party of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel called to send the ships of the North Atlantic Alliance to the Kerch Strait area.