The United States Expressed Concern About The Entry Of Russian Navy Ships Into The Ports Of Cyprus
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, at a meeting with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, expressed concern about the entry of Russian warships into the ports of the Republic, according to the website of the State Department.
"We know that all Russian warships that stop at ports in Cyprus are not performing humanitarian missions in Syria, and we have asked the President of Cyprus to address our concerns," Pompeo said.
Also, the US Secretary of state accused Russia of money laundering activities in the region. According to Pompeo, US-Cyprus security cooperation is more important when countries that do not share their values are "trying to find a foothold in the region."
As noted on the website of the State Department, the United States and Cyprus signed a Memorandum of understanding on the creation of the Cyprus center for the protection of land, high seas, and ports.
Security cooperation matters all the more as we see nations which don’t share our values trying to obtain new footholds in the region. To that end, I raised the United States concern over Russia’s money-laundering activities and its regular port calls here. We know that all the Russian military vessels that stop in Cypriot ports are not conducting humanitarian missions in Syria, and we asked to consider – we asked Cyprus and the president to consider our concerns.