Wed Feb 25 2015 23:03 | (Voice of Iraq) - Add Comment (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades signed an agreement on Wednesday granted under which the Russian military ships the right to enter Cypriot ports.
Putin told reporters:
"We signed a number of documents related to the military to partner . For example, the part related to the entry of ships to Cypriot ports. " He said, "I do not think that this should be of concern to one". understated Cyprus -alta much depends on investment Russian-of the importance of the Convention and said that Russian ships were always given the right of access to ports.
He said a government source said this is the first time that the notation that where in a separate agreement. Russia is seeking to strengthen its relations with some EU countries such as Cyprus, Hungary and Greece
after the EU imposed collectively -ely by the United States, US-sanctions on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian crisis .
Union officials in Brussels fear that this policy leads to a weakening of the European decision and prevent the tightening of sanctions.
Earlier this week, Russia rescheduled debt to Cyprus worth 2.5 billion euros ($ 2.8 billion) had been signed in 2011, lowered the annual interest rate from 4.5 to 2.5 percent and extended the repayment period to between 2018 and 2021.
Russia is seeking to secure the ports to ships on the Mediterranean after the base lost its military maintenance on the Syrian coast in the wake of the outbreak of the civil war there.
She said the agency Tass said the agreement signed on Wednesday include the possibility the use of ships and aircraft of the Russian airports and ports of Cyprus in the event of humanitarian crises. (preparation Dalia grace Arab Bulletin - Edit Ahmed Hassan)
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