According to the newspaper “Kathimerini of Cyprus”, Nicosia seems to be responding positively to a request from Paris for permanent use of the port of Limassol by French warships and the air base in Paphos by the French air force.
In exchange, France will offer military assistance in case Cyprus is attacked, according to the said report.
The Cypriot government does not confirm this information and points to statements made in the past about the use of the “Evangelos Florakis” naval base by the French fleet.
The base has been undergoing expansion and deepening projects for a long time, so that it can accommodate large ships. Many of the said projects are funded by France.
At the same time, Cyprus intends to purchase two offshore vessels from France.