Russia and Cyprus sign military deal for Mediterranean ports

Cyprus has agreed to a deal allowing Russian ships to use its ports. Cyprus is the next in a line of individual EU nations with which Russia has sought to forge stronger ties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades signed an agreement on Wednesday that will allow Russian navy ships regular access to ports on the Mediterranean island nation.

The move comes as ties between Russia and the West have soured over the Ukraine conflict. Putin told journalists that the ships that will dock at Cypriot ports would mostly be used in international anti-terrorism and piracy efforts.

“Our friendly ties aren’t aimed against anyone,” Putin said, adding, “I don’t think it should cause worries anywhere.”
 
 
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