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06 February, 1999
A US Pentagon representative reiterated yesterday Washington's view that cancellation of the deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles on Cyprus was a correct decision, since it contributed to a decrease of tension on the island.
A similar assessment was made on Wednesday by CIA Director George J. Tenet during testimony in the US Senate, where he said the risk of a confrontation between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean had been reduced with the cancellation of the S-300s.
"We believe that the decision not to deploy the missiles in Cyprus was correct," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Michael Doubleday said.
Replying to a relevant question, he said "their deployment in Crete was a Greek choice. We appreciate the assisting role played by Greece in resolving the issue of the S-300s and you must ask the Greek government on the decision to deploy them in Crete. "
"As you remember, the US had been opposed for some time to the deployment of the missiles on Cyprus. Our standing position is that anything increasing tension between these two allies does not serve the interests of Greece, Turkey, the US or NATO," he s aid.
Source: Athens News Agency