The airbase “Andreas Papandreou” has become the centre of a diplomatic conflict between the United States and Russia. The Cypriot government which is being pushed to provide a solution that will satisfy both sides, is in the middle of the conflict, and every decision is likely to create problems in its relationship with either the one country or the other.
According to SigmaLive, the conflict began when the Russian government asked the Cyprus military facilities to rent the airbase. The Cypriot government replied that it can concede facilities, but it will be difficult to satisfy the request of Russia to rent the airbase.
The American’s were informed of Russia’s request, and made it clear to the Cypriot government that they strongly disagree. When the Cypriot government reminded the U.S. that Russia constantly supports Cyprus in security and financial issues, the United States replied that “Cyprus is also under the American influence.”
It is obvious that the Cypriot government is in the middle of a conflict that is likely to affect its relations with the two countries. Trying to keep the balance is difficult. The satisfaction of either the one country or the other can deprive Cyprus from political and economic support.
The Defence Minister of the Republic of Cyprus reported that he doesn’t want to go into detail about such serious and sensitive issues related to Cyprus foreign policy. He added that “Cyprus will make the right decision, always taking into account the national interest of the country.”
He said that “what is important is that Cyprus is emerging strategically and geopolitically and its stabilizing role is highlighted.”
As the Minister stated, Russia is always supporting the country on many issues. Cyprus has a good relationship with Russia, the U.S., as well as with other neighboring countries. However, only the Cypriot government can’t make a decision upon this matter.