Controversial role of Moscow’s man in Cyprus

Controversial role of Moscow’s man in Cyprus

By Jean Christou

Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy’s statement last Monday that Cyprus was discussing a request from Moscow for military facilities in the fight against ISIS in Syria, has raised eyebrows in diplomatic circles where it was labelled an unacceptable interference in Cyprus’ affairs.

Osadchiy’s statement sparked hasty denials from both Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and afterwards the Russian foreign ministry, with both of them saying Moscow had only asked for the same humanitarian facilities as France and Germany already have.

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