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Russia: U.S. Still Sees Danger In Arms Sale To Cyprus

Washington, 8 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - The United States says that despite the objections of both Russia and the Cypriot government, Washington has not changed its view that a Russian arms sale to Cyprus poses a danger to the region.

U.S. State Department spokesman Glyn Davies said today that the Cypriot government and the Russian government have objected to U.S. complaints about the sale that were made public yesterday.

However, Davies says the United States believes the sale "threatens to raise tensions in the region and undermine peace efforts." Both governments have said they plan to conclude the deal.

Cyprus says it will buy a sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system from Russia. Cyprus is an Aegean Sea island divided into Greek and Turkish Cypriot zones separated by United Nations troops. However, the only government recognized internationally is the Greek Cypriot one.