This “incident” cost the government of Cyprus over 3 BILLION euros
Cyprus has the most expensive electricity in Europe.
The Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion was the worst peacetime military accident ever recorded in Cyprus. The incident occurred on 11 July 2011, when 98 containers of explosives that had been stored for 2½ years on the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base near Zygi detonated.
The resulting explosion killed 13 people, 12 of them immediately, including Captain Andreas Ioannides, the Commander of the Navy (Cyprus’s most senior naval officer), and the base commander, Lambros Lambrou. Also killed were four navy personnel and six firefighters, while a further 62 people were injured. The explosion severely damaged hundreds of nearby buildings including all of the buildings in Zygi the island’s largest power station, responsible for supplying over half of Cyprus’ electricity. As a result, much of Cyprus was without power in the immediate aftermath of the incident and rolling blackouts were initiated in order to conserve supplies.
According to a list of the largest artificial non-nuclear explosions, the explosion was the 4th largest accidental explosion and 7th largest overall.
In open storage on the base were 98 containers of explosives that had been seized by the United States Navy in 2009 after it intercepted a Cypriot-flagged, Russian owned vessel, the MV Monchegorsk travelling from Iran to Syria in the Red Sea. According to leaked US cables through WikiLeaks, released in 2011, the US through Hillary Clinton exerted pressure on Cyprus to confiscate the shipment. The ship was escorted to a Cypriot port and the Cyprus Navy was given responsibility for the explosives, which it moved to the Evangelos Florakis a month later. At the time of the incident in 2011, the explosives had apparently been left in the open for over two years. The Cypriot government had declined offers from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States to remove or dispose of the material, having feared an adverse reaction from Syria. The government had instead requested that the UN effect the removal, but claimed that its request had been rejected.
The Vasilikos Power Station, the largest power facility on Cyprus, which provided approximately half the island’s electricity, was severely damaged, causing widespread power cuts.
Several thousand people upset by the Cypriot government’s failure to dispose of the explosives held a demonstration in the capital Nicosia on 12 July. A group of about fifty broke away from the demonstration and stormed the grounds of the Presidential Palace, demanding the resignation of Dimitris Christofias, President of Cyprus. The breakaway group was almost immediately apprehended by the Cyprus Police, who nonetheless used tear gas ten minutes after the incident had begun in an attempt to disperse the crowds.
Of Cyprus’ US$ 24.66 bn economy, the EU estimates that the cost of explosion to the island could amount to US$ 2.83 bn, with cost of the power plant itself coming to US$ 992m.
This was weeks before the Bank of Cyprus and other business leaders said “deep spending cuts are needed fast.”
Many, many russians have deposited black money in Cyprus.
Simply put… they can’t get into Syria as long as this money stream is flowing through Cyprus.
Ruskies have at least 50 billion euros stalled in Cyprus.
And that’s only an estimate.
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