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Moscow, Nicosia in talks on use of Cyprus seaports, airports by Russian military

Moscow and Nicosia are in negotiations on the possibility of using airports and seaports of Cyprus by Russian warplanes and warships in humanitarian operations and emergencies, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades told TASS in an exclusive interview on Monday ahead of his forthcoming visit to Russia.

Airports and seaports of Cyprus may be available to Russian warplanes and ships in emergency situations and humanitarian operations, Anastasiades told TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman. In fact, the two counties are updating their effective bilateral military agreement.

According to some previous media reports, Russia allegedly intended to create military bases on Cyprus.

[Source: Itar Tass, Nicosia, 09Feb15]

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