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Cyprus Rules Out Transfer of Russian-made Weapons to Ukraine

  • Flamingos are seen in Larnaca Salt Lake, Cyprus, Jan. 26, 2022.

    Flamingos are seen in Larnaca Salt Lake, Cyprus, Jan. 26, 2022. | Photo: George Christophorou/Xinhua

Published 5 April 2022

The denial comes after intense pressure from U.S. officials.

Cyprus cannot accept the United States' suggestion to send its Russian-made weapons to Ukraine as this would create gaps in its deterrence capabilities, Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides said here on Tuesday.

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Petrides was responding to press reports that unnamed U.S. officials had asked the Cypriot government whether it would be willing to transfer to Ukraine all or part of the Russian-made armaments it possesses.
He said that legal problems could also arise because of a stipulation that military systems purchased from Russia may not be sold to third parties.
Cyprus is currently preoccupied with problems relating to maintaining its Russian-made weapons following the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) on Russia, Petrides said.
Cyprus currently uses two types of Russian-made anti-aircraft systems obtained after the United States imposed an arms embargo on Cyprus in 1974.

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