[Defense Minister Photis Photiou] said moreover that the possibility of providing the airbase in Pafos, in certain cases, has been discussed during his recent visit to Moscow, both with his Russian counterpart and the Foreign Minister Lavrov.Photiou also said that Cyprus and Russia have strong historic ties, and that relations will continue to deepen.
So far, this is mainly just talk. But both sides of the proposed deal get something out of it in terms of appearances. Cyprus gets to demonstrate its nominal independence from the Eurocrats who so recently brought them to heel, and Russia gets to show that it’s serious about projecting force in the Mediterranean, especially as Syria continues to degenerate.As the Mayor of Chicago once said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” With Europe and the US unable to shoot straight when it comes to foreign policy, an otherwise weakened Russia is asserting itself where it can at little to no cost to itself. Recall that it’s getting these concessions without having lifted a finger to help the Cypriots in the time of their utmost need.