Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The Government of Southern Cyprus, which is in dispute with Turkey over natural gas and oil exploration activities in the Mediterranean, plans to increase its air and Coastal Defense Force. The Government of Southern Cyprus has announced that it will buy 240 million Euros worth of missiles.
The Greek Cypriot administration, which decided to increase its missile capability in recent months following increased Turkish Navy activity in the region and oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, announced it had signed an arms sales agreement with European arms manufacturer MBDA.
The government of Southern Cyprus has reached such a decision to improve its weapons systems, AFP news agency reported. It was also reported that the missiles that Southern Cyprus would receive were Mistral and Exocet type.
However, the decision to buy missiles by Southern Cyprus, which last month suggested that Turkey may have stolen technical data from energy companies Eni and total set to send drilling ships to certain areas in the south of Cyprus, followed escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.