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A Strong Move
Russia Getting Bases in Cyprus

As Cyprus was in the throes of its own EU crisis almost two years ago, there was talk that Russia, despite opting to not bail the Cypriots out, might still secure a basing deal with the Mediterranean nation. Well, that talk has now apparently yielded a concrete result:

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades announced that the country is ready to host Russian aviation and naval bases. The official agreement on military cooperation between the two nations is expected be signed on February 25, 2015, according to

It’s also quite likely that Greece will turn Moscow’s way should (as seems increasingly likely) its demands on the EU aren’t met. The West keeps telling itself how stupid and doomed Putin is, and Putin keeps making gains at Western expense.

But while Russian power inside the EU is clearly on the rise, whether a cash-strapped Kremlin can keep new clients in Nicosia and Athens happy is another question. And it will also be interesting to see how Ankara will respond to the kind of geographical encirclement Turkey has spent 200 years trying to avoid.

Nevertheless, there is no denying that Putin continues to outmaneuver his Western opponents.

Update 2/9/2105 at 2:25 PM:

It now looks like things may not be quite so set in stone as earlier reports indicated. According to the BBC:

Cyprus has denied Russian media reports that it is ready to lease two military bases to Russia.

“There is no question of Russian air or naval military bases on the soil of Cyprus,” said Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

More on this as it develops.

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  • Angel Martin

    “The West keeps telling itself how stupid and doomed Putin is, and Putin keeps making gains at Western expense.”

    some people are able to learn from the mistakes of others, some people can only learn from their own mistakes, and some can’t even manage that.

    these jokers keep telling us how “vulnerable” Putin is, while it is NATO and the EU that are on the verge of collapse.

  • wigwag

    Anyone want to place a bet on how long it will take for the EU to go the way of the Warsaw Pact?

    • Nathaniel Greene

      You’re mixing apples and oranges. The Warsaw Pact was a defense treaty, the EU is an economic and political partnership.

  • R. Howell

    BBC says the story is false. Your sole source for this story is a website notorious for clickbait garbage.

  • Fat_Man

    One more time, why should we care? The eastern end of the Mediterranean Ocean is littered with countries that are poor, riven with violence, and are fundamentally anti-American. The only exception is Israel, which Obama hates with a passion and a fury.

    Two Centuries ago, the Mediterranean Ocean was of enormous economic and strategic importance. So much so that the first American world involvement outside of the Atlantic basin was the First Barbary War of 1801. But, time passes, and the Mediterranean basin is a backwater.

    The United States is involved with the Mediterranean Basin out of habit and sentiment. The United States does have a strategic interest in cabining Russian Power, but, our geopolitical concerns about Russia are in the Arctic and the North Pacific, not the Mediterranean.

  • ambra blu

    cyprus is where a lot of russians emigrate to nowadays.
    however, no russian base in there

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