Cyprus Mail

Sliding off the moral high ground

The West has imposed sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea and its involvement with Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

Doesn’t President Anastasiades see the irony of slamming sanctions on a government that seizes the sovereign territory of another nation?

The Cyprus government wastes no opportunity to, quite rightly, point out the misery and injustice resulting from the Turkish invasion but it doesn’t seem to have the imagination to see parallels between Turkey’s actions in Cyprus and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Cyprus runs a great risk of alienating its democratic friends and allies while currying favour with one of the world’s most unpleasant regimes.

Anastasiades is sliding off the moral high ground where the Cyprus question is concerned, with his hypocrisy leaving him and his government in a weakened position when discussing options for solutions.


Patrick Lopez, via email

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