Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy’s statement 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. These would include assistance in evacuating Russian nationals from war zones and allowing refuelling to take place at the Andreas Papandreou air base in Paphos. Additionally the Russian military could use Cyprus’ ports and airports in an emergency but this comes under international law and applies to all countries.
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