The Republic of Cyprus will continue to provide its ports to Russian ships and believes that such cooperation is an important factor in ensuring security in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.
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This was stated in an interview with Itar-Tass Minister of Defence of Cyprus Fotis Fotiu on the eve of his visit to Moscow.
"Cyprus is assisting the ships of the Russian Federation, as well as the ships of other countries, including the U.S., Germany, Spain and France — the minister said. — In addition, we do not have of any formal request from Russia regarding the opportunity for ships entering the ports of the republic on a permanent basis. We affirm individual requests for assistance that are served through diplomatic channels. "
According Fotiu, such assistance will be provided to Russia in the future. "We believe that providing support ships is an important factor in ensuring security in the region," — he stressed.
"Our relations with Russia are stable and long-term, and we are trying to further strengthen them in all areas — the minister said. — Russia is a great power and a global player, so it is clear that cooperation with Russia is of vital importance for the preservation of peace and stability in the region. "
May 15 ships of the Pacific Fleet, led by the flagship unit large anti-submarine ship "Admiral Panteleev" went through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea. They changed here detachment of Black Sea Fleet. May 17 "Admiral Panteleev" made a planned visit to the Cypriot port of Limassol to replenish stocks. Last Saturday, he was visited by the Minister of Defence Fotiu and Russian Ambassador to Cyprus Vyacheslav Shumsky. May 20 the ship left Cyprus.