US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo drew attention to the calls to the Cypriot ports of Russian ships bound for Syria. This is reported in a press release on the State Department’s website.
According to the head of the Department, he discussed this topic with the President of the Republic Nikos Anastasiades.
“I raised the issue of the United States’ concerns about Russia’s money-laundering activities, as well as their regular visits to ports here. We all know that Russian warships stopping at Cypriot ports in Syria are not performing humanitarian missions, and we have asked Cyprus and the President to take our concerns into account,” Pompeo said.
Damascus has repeatedly stated that the presence of the American contingent in Syria violates the sovereignty of the state and contradicts all international rules.
The armed conflict in Syria has been going on since 2011. At the end of 2017, the victory over the terrorist group “Islamic state” in Syria and Iraq was announced. In some areas of the countries, the cleansing of militants continues. Now the political settlement, the reconstruction of Syria, and the return of refugees are in the foreground.