EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis). I will repeat myself in the various aspects of the global war between NATO/US and Russia (please do not be fooled – Ukraine is just a proxy). Greece and Cyprus, Hellenism in general, was always on the side of the West in all major conflicts and fought valiantly, sacrificing all they had. But even during the long years of the Cold War, Greek political leaders knew very well that there was a line they should never cross when dealing with Russia: They could follow the NATO leadership, but they could not take the lead. Recently, Greek premier Mitsotakis, a real puppet of the globalists who has sold out his country’s interests, took the lead and not only applied sanctions but sent weapons to Ukraine. Cyprus president Anastasiades, another corrupt politician and puppet of the globalists, proceeded not to allow Russian Navy ships to visit Cyprus ports – as they did for decades. This latest rule seems to have been “the exchange”, “the trade-off”, for the recent US decision to lift the arms embargo against Cyprus: “No Russian ships in Cyprus ports” – God knows what else may be hidden.
- Russian ships do not really “need” Cyprus ports, these visits were mostly symbolic.
- About 40-50,000 Russian nationals live in Cyrpus, out of a population of about 800,000.
- Russia has bases in Latakia and elsewhere in Syria, just 50-60 miles away.
- Israel did not apply any sanctions on Russia, not only because it houses an even larger percentage of Russian-born citizens but because it understands that the Russians, with their S-400 and S-500 missiles next door in Syria, could easily shut down the Israeli Airforce.
- For that reason, to defend against the Russian missiles, the Israeli Air Force was allowed by Greece to practice in Crete, where they are located (these are the S-300, also owned by Iran). But the newer Russian systems are very advanced, as the USAF realized the hard way during the Syrian operations. The US has no defense against the Russian radar and missiles – if they did, they would have used these defenses in Syria.
In the face of these facts and given that Turkey is fast allying itself with Russia and the Eurasian Block in every possible way, let’s present some questions for the two puppets, Mitsotakis and Anastasiades:
- What will the use of buying F-16s or other US weapons be if Turkey shortly is fully armed with (even more advanced than the S-400) Russian missile systems?
- Why did they abandon the traditional Greek policy of “We belong to the West, but we will not be active enemies of Russia”?
- Did they forget that 100 years ago, the Russian leaders then (Bolsheviks) – and some western powers – armed Kemal Ataturk and helped him in the worst disaster of modern Greek history? The Russians did it in response to Greece’s active involvement in the West vs. Russia war in Crimea in 1919-20…
I an on record stating many times that the conditions for the 1974 partition of Cyprus have been reversed. But we should not forget that Russia, having a strong presence in Syria, will always be part of the equation for the solution to the Cyprus problem. If there is a lesson to be learned from studying the history of Cyprus, that lesson is that measured access to the island should be given to all major powers who play a role in the Eastern Mediterranean. Currently, the British have two sovereign bases (since 1960), the Turks, invasion or not, will always have the Turkish-Cypriot minority, and Greece has a very well-defined presence (not very well exploited, as it refuses to unify the defense areas of Greece and Cyprus); Greece and Turkey are still today, along with Britain, the guarantor powers over Cyprus. Israel has recently received special privileges, France has rights for its Air Force and Navy, and the US has various privileges not only through the British Bases but independently for various installations.
But Cyprus and Greece will exclude Russia from the most strategic location on the planet without serious consequences? We are in for a very rough awakening…
Those of you who speak Greek, please follow the link to listen to Stavros Lygeros, one of the top geopolitical analysts in Greece, state similar positions. Greece, for obvious reasons, has among the best geopolitical analysts and all of them agree in general with the positions I have expressed here: Professor Ioannis Mazis, George Filis, and several others.
Cyprus Hails US Decision to Fully Lift Weapons Embargo
Cyprus has hailed the full lifting of a U.S. arms embargo on the ethnically divided island nation as a milestone reaffirming increasingly tighter bilateral bonds that serve to bolster stability in the turbulent east Mediterranean region.
President Nicos Anastasiades tweeted his gratitude to the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, for helping to lift the embargo.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement that Secretary of State Antony Blinken determined Cyprus met the conditions to allow for “exports, re-exports and transfers of defense articles … for the fiscal year 2023.”
The U.S. will assess annually whether Cyprus complies with conditions for the embargo lift, including implementing anti-money laundering regulations and denying Russian military vessels access to ports for refueling and servicing.
The conditions are enshrined in the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act that the U.S. Congress passed in 2019. The law underscores U.S. support for closer ties among Greece, Cyprus and Israel based on recently discovered offshore gas deposits.
The U.S. enacted the embargo in 1987 to prevent a potential arms race from harming peace talks with the Mediterranean island nation’s breakaway Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup aimed at union with Greece.
Barred access to U.S. weapons, Cyprus turned to Russia to procure Mi-35 attack helicopters, T-80 tanks and Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems.