Sports: Cyprus: The United States lifts the embargo on arms, a “historic” decision

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Nicos Anastasiades, le président de la République de Chypre, lors d'une visite à l'Elysée en juillet 2020. © Xosé Bouzas Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, during a visit to the Elysée in July 2020.

A “Historical” decision of the United States according to the Cypriot President. Nicosia praised the total lifting on the part of Washington on the arms embargo on Saturday, the Mediterranean island, on condition that Cyprus continues to prevent Russian warships from access to its ports, for decades. Washington had imposed an embargo on arms on the whole of Cyprus in 1987, in the hope of encouraging the reunification of the divided island since the northern invasion by the Turkish army in 1974, in reaction to a blow State of Greek Cypriot nationalists who wanted to attach the island to Greece.

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The United States hoped to prevent an arms race and encourage peaceful regulations between the Greek majority and the Turkish minority. On Friday, on Friday, American Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised commercial restrictions on defense imposed in Cyprus, a member country of the European Union, said the spokesman for the State Department, Ned Price. "This is a decision that reflects the booming strategic relationship between the two countries, including in the field of security", reacted the Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday on his Twitter account.

"Continue its cooperation"

Some criticisms claim that the American embargo has been counterproductive insofar as it forced Cyprus to seek other partners, while Turkey, member of NATO, maintains troops in The north of the island controlled by the self -proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (RTCN, recognized only by Ankara). Turkey has "firmly condemned" on Saturday Washington's decision. "This decision will negatively affect efforts for the resolution of the Cypriot issue and will cause a arms race on the island," said the Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Cyprus welcomes the end of US arms embargo

 Cyprus welcomes the end of US arms embargo The decision in Washington fell with a view to a third party: Russia. Because Moscow most recently had a foot in the door on the shared Mediterranean island. © Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades has welcomed the announcement of the United States to lift a weapon embargo that has been in effect for decades against the Mediterranean state. This was a "historical decision", wrote Anastasiades on Twitter.

"With the lifting of the embargo, Greek Cypriots will obtain attack weapons. This goes beyond the defense framework […] and will raise the tensions ”, for his part reacted the president of the RTCN, Ersin Tatar, Saturday on the Turkish channel Trt Haber.

of American officials were worried that the embargo did not bring Cyprus from Russia, Nicosia having signed in 2015 with Moscow an agreement authorizing the Russian Navy to access its ports. In December 2019, the US Congress voted the lifting of the arms embargo to allow the export of "non -lethal" Military equipment . With the complete lifting of this embargo, Cyprus must "continue its cooperation" with Washington, especially in "continuing to take the necessary measures to refuse Russian ships access to ports for supply and maintenance", added Ned Price. The EU closed European ports to Russian ships as part of the sanctions taken against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

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