After Cyprus' financial system crashed so spectacularly in 2013, requiring an international bailout that hit Russian investors hard, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Moscow would be steering clear of the Mediterranean country.
But after a day trip by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, the countries had signed a deal to give the Russian navy access the island's ports, a controversial move at a time when Russia is in Europe's bad books over Ukraine.
Russia's cozy relationship with Cyprus is nothing new, although it has been sorely tested when the country's banking system collapsed in 2013.
Cyprus secured a 10 billion euro ($11.8 billion) bailout overseen by the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. In return for the aid, Cyprus had to find a further 11 billion euros of its own to maintain its banking system.
As well as imposing strict capital controls on account holders, the Cyprus government had to wind down the Cyprus Popular Bank and recapitalize another—the Bank of Cyprus—with measures including the seizing of depositors' uninsured savings above 100,000 euros ($120,000).