A map of the Mediterranean to hand is useful when reading the news on the Cyprus stand-off. Now it is reported in the Fatto Quotidiano that the Cypriot Finance minister is no longer talking just to his Russian counterpart, and that talks which were originally about extending the Russian loan and reducing its interest rate have now moved to another venue and onto "other matters'. What these might be can be readily guessed and their importance and generality intuited if the further suggestion that Mr Putin has asked the President of Cyprus to come to Moscow is correct.
Meanwhile the Church has intervened to offer its full support to the Cyprus government and points out that it is the largest land owner on the island and wholly disposed to making land available to the state. It suggests also development bonds for the land that would be subscribed down to parish level throughout the island.
Greece too is now wondering if it should seek renewed close contacts with Mr Putin via former Conservative prime minister Costas Karamanlis, whose vision of Greece as an energy hub dovetails with Russian gas delivery via South Stream into Europe and particularly to Italy.
Northern European Union moral hazard nerds are uniting a Southern European community of interest they do not seem to have fully grasped.