BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian Navy will no longer be allowed to dock and refuel in Cyprus after a last-minute U.S. Senate bill was passed on Tuesday.

Led by warhawk senators Marco Rubio (R) and Bob Melendez (D), the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee bill requires Cyprus to block all Russian naval vessels from docking at their ports as part of their arms embargo against Moscow.

“I am thrilled to see such strong bipartisan support for this important piece of legislation to chart a new path forward for the eastern Mediterranean,” said Menendez. “Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are key partners of the United States, and today’s vote confirms that we need a new strategy that reflects our mutual interests. The Eastern Mediterranean is a region of central importance to our country, and it must therefore figure more prominently in how we allocate diplomatic energy, engagement and resources. I look forward to working with my colleagues so that this important legislation is swiftly considered and approved by the full Senate.”

“This is an important step towards a comprehensive regional strategy for the U.S. in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Endy Zemenides, Executive Director of HALC. “Positive regional trends – especially cooperation on energy and security – will be accelerated by this Act.  The leadership of Senators Menendez and Rubio and of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will make the region more stable and prosperous and will advance both American interests and values.”

Cypriot President President Nicos Anastasiades called the new bill ‘unfortunate’, saying that it will “affect the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus to a large extent”.

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“To date, facilities to any country were always granted for humanitarian reasons and I don’t think such conditions can be set, especially with a country, and I’m talking about America, with which we seek further strengthening of our relations. I am under the impression that the amendment was unfortunate,” he said.

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Mario Simonelli
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The USA has became a global bully, who in the world will be able to cut them down to size, if not the UN.

jimbim
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Has become? have you just awaken?
The US has always been a global bully.

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willyvandamme

Yes but never that extreme.

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They pay the UN bills ????? They’re surely an issue from time to time, but if you’re cautious, you manage to barely do everything you want as long you avoid what makes them angry, now yeah, they are strong, and they are voracious…
We give them a bone, then we’re quiet…

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South China Sea

Where did the loudly and proudly US-promoted ‘freedom of navigation’ suddenly disappear?

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No, they’re patrolling in South China Sea, it’s not their area : Mediterranean = 6th fleet.

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prince teutonic

When you dig a hole for another…

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Just a 6 feet deep one for the sultan.

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Nestor Arapa

El amo del mundo ordenando a sus títeres.

Thomas Jackson
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so we attack a sovereign nation occupy it while brother nato members Turkey and Isreal take pot shots at the same sovereign county for there own genocidal reasoning…but Russia is the bad guy….not impressive USA…signed a US citizen…Turkey and Isreal are to fight their own wars…and follow international protocol in doing so…how stupid do you think the public is.

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they should build a massive port on the Turkish side of Cyprus

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al-Nakba v2.0

Time to oust the Turdish invaders out. And not onlyout of Cyprus : Syria, Iraq, Libya, East-Thrace then Anatolia

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Nigel Woo

BAKAR BAKEKUCHIRA,
BAKAR JEWS TILL VANISH EVEN THEY DONT DARE TO RUN  WHEN MOTHER NATURE BURNING ISRAEL TO ASHES FOR 2ND MOON SURVIVAL.
(Other seek DANNY WOO VK in QWANT for book of life, so you aware why you need to keep a distance from subject targeted to destroy cos human were just something replicated from machine)

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Stern Daler

The bill is part of a project that grant Cyprus, Greece and their partners more leverage in the Cyprus–Turkey maritime zones dispute. Russia’s navy is not the chief target.

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http://www.ekathimerini.com/241914/article/ekathimerini/news/us-senate-committee-advances-bill-putting-turkey-under-stricter-scrutiny-in-east-med It’s obvious, but they’re abusive and may end with a Cyprus fück-off if at EU level, Angie+Manu are willing to put serious pressure on Turkey, moreover, we could surely manage to have Cyprus cutting US concessions to the profit of Wintershall and Total… Erdogan is not willing to back-up… We should send a message both to the two-bit Sultan and also to USA : Cyprus is EU It’s obvious that deploying Rafales, Typhoons and Gripens while showing serious stockpile of Exocets, preferably more than there are vessels in Turkish navy While sending the CdG with two Mistral-ships with two… Read more »