Cyprus re­jects Rus­sia’s U.S. claim

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

NI­COSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ for­eign minister has re­jected Rus­sian claims that the U.S. is look­ing to set up a mil­i­tary base on the east­ern Mediter­ranean is­land as a bul­wark against ex­pand­ing Rus­sian in­flu­ence in the re­gion.

Nikos Christodoulides said Fri­day that he called his Rus­sian coun­ter­part to con­vey Cyprus’ “grave con­cern” over the re­marks from Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Maria Zakharova.

Christodoulides said Cyprus re­ceives many for­eign gov­ern­ment re­quests to act as a po­ten­tial waysta­tion for evac­u­a­tions in case of a re­gional cri­sis.

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