Rafale de l'Armée de l'Air Française en opérations extérieures (Opération Harmattan) - Equipé de 6 AASM et de Mica IR. / French Air Force Rafale in operations (Opération Harmattan) - Fitted with 6 AASM and MICA missiles.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Cypriot media announced the arrival of two French Rafale fighters, in addition to a C-130H support plane, to the island of Cyprus, in what they said was a French message addressed to Turkey.

The “Defense-Point.Gr” news portal, which specializes in military affairs in Greek, said that France, by sending the three military aircraft, sent a clear message to Turkey.

It reported that the two French fighter and support aircraft landed yesterday afternoon at the Andreas Papandreou Air Base in the Paphos region and will remain on the island for several days, within the framework of the military agreement between France and Cyprus, which was activated recently, and will carry out flights over the island.

In 2017, France and Cyprus signed a joint defense agreement, which was activated early this month.

The same story stated that it is not yet known whether the French aircraft will conduct training exercises with the Cypriot National Guard, indicating that this issue will become clear in the coming days.

This defense website considered that the process of sending French warplanes to Cyprus “is tangible evidence of France’s policy determination to strengthen the military and political presence of Paris in the eastern Mediterranean, in the face of each party standing against the rights of the Republic of Cyprus, and thus European Union rights. ”

The mission of the two French fighter jets was also described as the first evidence of the French military determination to defend the rights of the European Union and to implement the commitments made to Cyprus.

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Sources were quoted as saying that French military officials visited the Cypriot ports of Larnaca and Limassol in the past few days, to inspect the reception facilities for French ships.

 

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Stern Daler
2020-08-12 19:47

News Desk is incomplete. The French move must be seen as an EU move. Article 42(7) of the Mastricht EU treaty binds all EU nations to mutual defense. Last month EU foreign ministers had met and initiated a last attempt of reconciliation.Turkey risks a confrontation with the whole EU. So far only the US have protected Turkey from negative fallout. But in Cyprus the US have recently sponsored training with the Cypriote military and lifted the 1987 weapons embargo.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-13 12:45
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I hope we won’t have to fight alone as usual (although I doubt the Spartans to act püssy)… In which case, we simply may decide to assimilate an attack on the EU as an attack on our national territory… In such a case, you surely know what the French doctrine is : it is clear, simple and immediate:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p9wcQ7Nfek
NB : Mururoa “Licorne” (Unicorn) test… About 1 megaton… Gosh, the shroom looks like a skull…

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-13 15:17

What would be clever would be showing the two Rafales carrying THIS under the belly I suppose you guess what the red strapping around the missile means… This is neither a mock-up nor an exercise one… Two jet fighters may feel like weak message to a lunatic like Erdogan, but when carrying nuclear missiles, it’s another kind of diplomacy. Oh, it may not be necessary to do city busting or things like this : a high altitude burst would not do damages on Ankara, neither people would get exposure to radiations, nor would there be fallouts, but the grid would… Read more »