The terms and conditions are not being met and there is no question of a request for Cyprus to join NATO at the moment, said Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petridis.
Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the Defense Committee of the Cypriot Parliament, Mr. Petridis said that the European Council discussed the implementation of the compass strategy and within the European Defense Agency supported the creation of an innovation hub, which could give flexibility in matters defense and security issues, as well as the exclusion of defense spending from the budget deficit process.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, Mr. Petridis said that they also supported the simplification of the procedures for joint procurement of defense equipment, while they were informed by the Ukrainian Minister of Defense about the war in his country.
The Cypriot Foreign Minister said, answering a question, that the crisis of the war in Ukraine will be prolonged and several countries seem to continue to send military equipment to Ukraine.
Asked about Greece’s defense agreements with the United States, Mr. Petridis said that the strengthening of Greece’s positions, defense or diplomatic, are positive news for Cyprus as well.
As for NATO, he continued, “we see how Turkey reacts to the accession of Finland and Sweden. Therefore, the issue of Cyprus’ request for NATO membership is not raised and currently being discussed,” he said in response to a question. He added that in order for Cyprus to join NATO, certain terms and conditions must be met and at this point no such issue arises.