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01/21/2020

U.S. military is being deployed to the Greek Section!

U.S. military is being deployed to the Greek Section!

Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Ozersay: “The US move is against Russia!”

The Turkish Cypriot Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay striking assessments for Haberturk, regarding the action of the U.S. Congress to lift the arms embargo against the Greek part and to send troops to the Island, “This move is made to reduce the Russian influence in the region. However, the United States, which has put its stance on the Greek Side and promoted them in the Eastern Mediterranean, took a step towards a dead end and tension, not towards a solution with the issues on the island,” he said.

After the U.S. Congress lifted the arms embargo to the Greek Cypriot Section, yesterday the reports of the deployment of U.S. troops to the Greek Section was released in the press. While tensions over hydrocarbons and natural riches in the Eastern Mediterranean continue, Alper Urus from Haberturk has spoken to the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Kudret Ozersay, regarding the action of US troops being deployed to the Greek Section. Here are Ozersay’s striking assertions, regarding the deployment of the US troops on the island…

“THE U.S. WILL COME FOR THE MILITARY EVACUATION”

“According to our intelligence so far, the US military force, which is said to be coming to the Greek Section, will consist of specialized US troops and will have the capability of an immediate response. These soldiers will take action in an emergency evacuation of the US citizens and diplomats in the Middle East.

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“THIS CAN BE A MILITARY START”

But here, we need to emphasize this. As you know, the United States has applied an arms embargo on the Greek Cypriots, to prevent a negative effect for the Cyprus negotiations, the embargo was lifted by a bill from the US Congress. Subsequently, it was announced that the U.S. troops will be deployed to the island. This step could be a start for a larger US deployment on the island. The Greek Section has paid a diet.

“RUSSIAN SHIPS WERE USING GREEK PORTS”

But I think that the United States has implemented two things as a part of its policies. First, is that deploying troops to the Greek Section, is a step towards reducing the Russian influence on the island. The thing is, Russian warships were able to enter and refuel at the ports of the Greek Section. This will be tried to be prevented, by sending troops.

” THEY WILL BLOCK THE RUSSIAN OLIGARCH, BY CONTROLING THE BLACK MONEY “

Second thing is that,there wasapromiseofthe Greeks,to the UnitedStates whenthearmsembargowas lifted.And thatwas themeasures that would betakenagainstthe ‘blackmoney’movementsandthat the US would taken control to the GreekAdministration’s black money.And thiswillpreventRussia’sOligarchyfrom transferringmoneytoGreekbanks.Infact,theaction that is taken onCyprus,is a partof theUS’MiddleEastpolicies ofreducingthe Russian influence.

“THE U.S. IS PROMOTING THE GREEKS”

However, the United States did not want high tensions in Cyprus, but has lifted the arms embargo anyways. Now he is promoting the Greek Section. This means it would now support the armament in the region. This is a step that will stress both sides.

“THE U.S. TAKES ITS STANCE ON THE GREEK SIDE”

The US’ approach, is an approach that will spoil the Greek Section. The United States is openly siding with the Greek Section, at a time when Turkey is calling for the interests of both sides in the Eastern Mediterranean to settle down in the framework of mutual respect and fairness. The result  does not bring a photo of the Greek Section sharing or resolving anything; rather taking steps of not to share the riches.

 
Elif İlhamoğlu
Elif İlhamoğlu is political scientist and  journalist (Turkey). She is studying for PHD on the political science and international relations department at Istanbul University (Middle East studies). She visited Middle East countries, Syria, Lebanon, Iran several times and did interviews with the leaders as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hilal al-Hilal Secretary General of the Syrian Ba'ath Party.

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