Anastasiades: We will seek to salvage the EU’s credibility and dignity at the European Council

Anastasiades: We will seek to salvage the EU’s credibility and dignity at the European Council

We will seek to salvage the credibility and dignity of both Europe and the European citizens of Cyprus during the upcoming European Council, said tonight the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.

Speaking to reporters at the Louis Kariolou Park which he inaugurated tonight, when asked whether he considered the forthcoming European Council in Brussels crucial and whether the conditions had changed, the President of the Republic replied that “nothing has changed. What we will try to do will be to salvage the credibility and dignity of both Europe and the European citizens of Cyprus”.

Asked whether the Cypriot side would call for sanctions against Turkey as a condition to green-light sanctions against Belarus, President Anastasiades clarified that “sanctions do not constitute an end in themselves. The aim is for what Turkey’s obligations as a candidate country dictate to be finally realized, in line with EU principles and values”.

To a question regarding whether Nicosia was aware of any formulas being worked out by the EU Presidency, such as imposing sanctions against Turkey but at a later stage if the country fails to comply, President Anastasiades stressed “I do not know anything of that kind”. /ibna