The US State Department said on Friday that Secretary of State Anthony Brinken had lifted Cyprus’ defense trade restrictions for the 2023 fiscal year.
Turkey’s foreign ministry on Saturday strongly condemned the move, saying it would “further strengthen the non-compromise on the part of Greece and Cyprus and adversely affect its efforts to resettle the Cypriot issue.”
“It would lead to an arms race on the island and undermine peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean,” the statement said, urging the United States to reconsider its decision and pursue a balanced policy towards both sides of the island. rice field.
Cyprus was partitioned by the Turkish invasion in 1974. Since then, Cyprus has been run by a southern Greek Cypriot regime that Ankara does not recognize.
Turkey recognizes an independent Turkish state north of the divided island.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1193521/us-lifts-arms-embargo-for-cyprus-for-2023-turkey-condemns-move/ US lifts 2023 arms embargo on Cyprus, Turkey condemns move