According to Cyprus, Turkey would most certainly oppose the country's NATO membership.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Turkey would probably prevent the republic from joining NATO . Anastasiades said that Cyprus is a small country and that we need protection .

(Sputnik)-At the opening ceremony of a new building for members of the National Organization of Cypriot Fighters (EOKA), Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday that Turkey would probably prevent the republic from joining NATO.reporters asked Anastasiades if there is a chance that a dialogue on Cyprus' membership in NATO would begin.I think it's too early to have a discussion on something like that.And if the Cypriot government were able to apply for NATO membership, there are serious problems that would be met with procedural challenges and, of course, a resistance from Turkey.

The northern part of Cyprus declared independence as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in November 1983, an act that Ankara recognized.Turkey does not recognize the Cypriot government at the same time, claiming that the Republic of Cyprus had been deposed after the outbreak of intercommunal conflict in December 1963, which ended Turkish Cypriot participation in the Cypriot government.(S