The United States government has announced that it will allow the sale of non-lethal weapons to Cyprus, ending an embargo first imposed in 1987, the revision of which comes amid escalating tensions with Turkey, which has already shown its unease with the American gesture.
“The Republic of Cyprus is an important ally in the Eastern Mediterranean. I am pleased to announce that we are deepening our security cooperation,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The United States Congress voted to end the embargo back in 2019, but until now the Donald Trump administration had not implemented the reform approved in the legislative seat.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades confirmed on Twitter that he had spoken to Pompeo about this “positive” development and that both had expressed “serious” concerns about the “volatile” situation in the eastern Mediterranean.