The strengthening of bilateral relations and their commitment to it were discussed by the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Cyprus during their meeting in Moscow.
Sergey Lavrov and Nikos Christodoulides decided to implement the two agreed documents, namely the Strategic Framework of Cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation for the three-year period 2022-2024 and the Agreement between the Governments of Cyprus and Russia on Cooperation during Humanitarian Operations.
At the end of the meeting, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said that he raised the issue of Turkey’s illegal actions in Varosha, which are in full contradiction with the relevant Security Council (SC) resolutions. Actions that continue despite the explicit position of the Security Council through the Presidential Statement of 23 July to reverse those of Turkey’s illegal decisions related to Famagusta.
He argued that “Ankara’s complete disregard for the decisions of the Security Council, and by extension of the Council Members, is something that we believe should be of serious concern to the Council itself and in particular its Permanent Members”.
In addition, the Cypriot Foreign Minister said, he informed “on the situation in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus and the ongoing provocative, illegal actions of Turkey, which violate every principle of international law, negatively affect the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem and undermine stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean”.
After thanking the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation for the invitation to visit Moscow, Nikos Christodoulides also noted that “during our consultations we had a very constructive discussion and exchange of views on our bilateral relations, the response to the pandemic, international and regional issues, EU-Russia relations, and of course on the Cyprus problem and developments in the Eastern Mediterranean”. He stressed that “through the review and assessment of our bilateral relations that we have undertaken, it is clear that they are at an excellent level. Today we had the opportunity to discuss with the Minister the prospects for their development in specific areas and on issues of common interest, always for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries. We agreed to work together in this direction in the coming period.”
He went on to say that “it is precisely in this context, and also on the occasion of the very recent completion of six decades of diplomatic relations, that we signed a few minutes ago two important documents, which demonstrate our common commitment to strengthening our bilateral relations:
The first of the two is the Strategic Framework for Cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation for the three-year period 2022-2024, which is a renewal of the Joint Action Programme that was in force until recently between the Governments of the two countries and which essentially defines the objectives of our cooperation on a wide range of issues.
The second one we signed is the Agreement between the Governments of Cyprus and Russia on Cooperation during Humanitarian Operations in Crisis Management Situations, which predefines the way in which the two countries will cooperate in cases of crises necessitating the evacuation of our citizens from third countries.”
He also noted that “with Mr Lavrov we also exchanged views on EU-Russia relations. It is an undeniable fact that there are challenges, difficulties and different approaches, but at the same time we share the conviction that cooperation is necessary to successfully meet and address important international challenges. It is important and necessary to have a continuous dialogue and communication, as this is the only way to address any disagreements and/or different approaches. Sergey and I also discussed regional and international developments and the wider geopolitical situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa. Through a frank and open dialogue, we exchanged views on other regional and international issues. The point in all cases is that the prospects for achieving conditions of stability and security are created, always on the basis of international law and without zero-sum approaches.”
He concluded by noting that “in conclusion, let me again thank the dear Minister for the very constructive and substantive discussions we had. My visit to Moscow is my third since taking office, and I sincerely believe that its results confirm the strong and long-lasting bonds of friendship between our peoples, as well as the high level of our bilateral relations. Dear Sergey, thank you again for your warm welcome and hospitality.”
In turn, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, welcoming his Cypriot counterpart, said that the visit of Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides to Moscow is part of the intensive dialogue between the two countries.
“We are pleased to welcome you to Moscow. Your visit is a continuation of our regular, intensive dialogue on bilateral, regional and international affairs,” Lavrov said.
He recalled that “we had a useful meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades in New York, but for obvious reasons, it was of short duration.”
Today, Sergey Lavrov continued, “we will discuss in detail how the agreements reached at the highest level between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as other Ministries are being implemented.
“We appreciate your views on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East region as a whole,” the Russian Foreign Minister added./ibna