Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis believes that it is too early for Nicosia to discuss NATO membership because of Turkey’s position, which will block Cyprus from joining the alliance.
After the opening ceremony of the new building of the rehabilitation center for members of the National Organization of Cypriot Fighters (EOKA), Anastasiades said there was a chance that discussions of NATO and Cyprus membership would begin.
“I think it’s too early to discuss something like that, there are serious problems that, even if the Cypriot government had the will, would face procedural issues and, of course, objection from Turkey. Unanimity is required for the state to become NATO member,” Anastasiadis said.«In addition, we are a small country, we need protection, of course, and the main thing is that the protection be effective, and any decisions be approved by the people,” the president said.
When asked about new anti-Russian sanctions, Anastasiadis replied that if some sanctions proposed by the EU against Russia do not help and do not correspond to the goal pursued by the EU, they simply will not be accepted.