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Monday, February 15, 1999 Published at 10:31 GMT

World: Europe

Cyprus missile talks due in Moscow

The Cypriot Defence Minister, Ioannis Khrisostimis, has gone to Moscow to finalize arrangements for the deployment of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles on the Greek island of Crete.

He is due to meet his Russian counterpart, Marshal Igor Sergeyev, and will be joined by a Greek defence ministry delegation for talks with the Russian firm, Rosvooruzheniye, that manufactures the missiles.

Under a recent document signed in Athens, Greece agreed to accept the missiles, although they will remain the property of Cyprus, which is buying them for a sum of between three- and five-hundred million dollars.

Cyprus originally planned to station the missiles on its territory but changed its plan after Turkey threatened military retaliation.

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