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United States promised to lift long-standing arms embargo against Cyprus

США обещают снять давнее оружейное эмбарго с КипраThe embargo was imposed in 1987.

The U.S. will soon begin to undo a long-standing arms embargo against Cyprus, as Washington recognized the contribution of the Mediterranean island States to strengthening regional stability and security.

This was announced by Cypriot Minister of foreign Affairs, writes AP.

Foreign Minister Nikos Hristodulidis said that Washington sees “added value” granting Cyprus the opportunity to acquire military equipment that will help to improve its ability to enhance regional security.

The embargo was imposed in 1987 with the goal of preventing weapons proliferation, which might interfere with the diplomatic efforts to reunify divided Cyprus. The island was split along ethnic lines in 1974 after the Turkish invasion occurred after the coup aimed at Union with Greece.

Hristodulidis said that the process of lifting the embargo, launched in the U.S. Congress, reflects a “positive shift” in that Washington no longer considers Cyprus exclusively through the prism of unresolved conflict.

“This is proof, if you want recognition by the US administration a positive role Cyprus plays as a pillar of stability and security in the wider region,” – said Hristodulidis.

The growing interest of the US to the rich gas in the Eastern Mediterranean seems to have angered Russia.

The Russian foreign Ministry last month warned of what it calls “anti-Russian plans for” a military build-up US in Cyprus, to combat the growing influence of Russia in the region.

Hristodulidis said that Moscow’s statement does not reflect reality. He conveyed to his Russian counterpart that closer ties with Washington should not be construed as “damaging” to the relations of Cyprus with any other country. He said that the foreign policy of Cyprus is not involved in the “game with zero result”.

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