Russia, Cyprus Sign Military Port Deal

Russian ships to dock in Cyprus.

Russia, Cyprus Sign Military Port Deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades signed an agreement on Wednesday to give Russian military ships access to Cypriot ports.

“We signed a number of documents regarding our military cooperation. For example regarding the entrance of our ships to Cypriot ports,” Putin told journalists.

Ties between Russia and the West have plummeted in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, but Putin said the ships allowed to dock at Cypriot ports would mostly be used in international anti-terrorism and piracy efforts.

“I don’t think this should worry anyone,” he said.

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