The British High Commission in Cyprus told CNA that the deployment of interceptor aircrafts in Akrotiri this morning constitutes a purely precautionary measure to ensure the protection of UK interests and the defence of the Sovereign Base Areas.

Invited by CNA to comment on the British actions in Cyprus, a High Commission Press Office’s representative referred to statement made earlier today by a representative of the British Ministry of Defence.

“We can confirm that as part of ongoing contingency planning, 6 RAF Typhoon interceptor fast jets are deploying this morning to Akrotiri in Cyprus. This is purely a prudent and precautionary measure to ensure the protection of UK interests and the defence of our Sovereign Base Areas at a time of heightened tension in the wider region”, said the representative.

According to the British Ministry of Defence, “this is a movement of defensive assets operating in an air-to-air role only. They are not deploying to take part in any military action against Syria”.

In addition, the Ministry’s representative pointed out that the British Prime Minister has made clear no decision has been taken on the country’s response and that the Government has said that there will be a Common vote before direct military involvement to Syria.

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