Russia and the Cyprus gambit

Russia and the Cyprus gambit


Russia’s age-old ambition of securing a foothold in the Mediterranean has been achieved not only through the establishment of a naval base at Tartus in Syria but also because of its long-standing relationship with Cyprus.

In 1955 the Greek Cypriot leader, Archbishop Makarios, attended the Bandung Conference in Indonesia, which laid the foundation for the Non-Aligned Movement.

It was as the first president of Cyprus that Makarios six years later took part in the founding meeting...


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