CYPRUS, A RUSSIAN FOOTHOLD IN THE CHANGING EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Author
Igor Delanoe
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Middle East Review of International Affairs
Volume
17
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Summer 2013
Institution
Global Research in International Affairs Center, Interdisciplinary Center
Abstract
Russian interests in the Eastern Mediterranean have been highlighted both by the country's diplomatic and naval activity related to the Syrian crisis as well as by its stance on economic and energy issues in Cyprus. During the 2000s, Moscow's influence on the island has steadily increased, making Cyprus a new Russian foothold in the Eastern Mediterranean. While Moscow's ties with Nicosia have served Russia's Mediterranean energy interests, they have also revived tensions with Turkey. In the context of the ongoing Syrian crisis, the Kremlin's growing involvement in Cyprus sheds new light on the Russia-Cyprus partnership.
Political Geography
Russia, Turkey, Moscow, Syria