Turkey accused the U.S. of violating the "traditional balance" in Cyprus by lifting the arms embargo on Nicosia, Anadolu news agency reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the latest U.S. move to lift the arms embargo was a "reward" for "abandoning Russia" in the war in Ukraine.
Cyprus may have cooperated with the U.S. to combat money laundering, "but should the reward be weapons?" "It could have been something else, like monetary support," he noted.
The move, he said, "upset the balanced U.S. policy on the island" and made it "completely pro-Greek Cypriot." "For years, the U.S. has had a balanced policy on the island. Now, for the last two years, they are departing from that balanced policy," Cavusoglu said, promising to continue to "protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots."