Cypriot President Mr. Nicos Anastasiades requested the intervention of the President of the Russian Federation towards Turkey, in order to convince her to end her illegal actions and contribute to the solution of the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios said today.
Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, Mr. Kousios said that “the President of the Republic today had a long phone conversation with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The discussion took place amidst a friendly atmosphere and lasted more than 45 minutes.
President Anastasiades thanked President Putin for the long-standing cooperation and support of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Cyprus, and referred in particular to the contribution of the Russian Federation to the drafting of the final text of the latest UN Security Council resolution on the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate.
The President informed President Putin about the illegal actions of Turkey in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, and about the latest NAVTEX issued by Turkey, as well as about the presence of the Barbaros research vessel in the EEZ of Cyprus.
Such actions, he stressed, intensify the already electric situation, and are counterproductive towards the cultivation of a solid climate for the continuation of negotiations, in order for a comprehensive solution to be reached to the Cyprus issue, which, as he stressed, constitutes our priority. At the same time, he reaffirmed our firm commitment to resolving the Cyprus issue by continuing the talks on the basis of UN resolutions.
He explained to President Putin that Turkey’s claims that it acts in the context of protecting the rights of the Turkish Cypriot community is unfounded because:
Turkey disputes and demands 44% of the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, which clearly affects the rights of the Turkish Cypriot community.
The Republic of Cyprus has secured the rights of the Turkish Cypriot community through a relevant legislation, but also with proposals by the President of the Republic himself.
The President referred to the issue of Famagusta and the threats of Turkey for opening and settlement of the enclosed city, in violation of the relevant resolutions of the UN SC, and called for the intervention of the Russian President, considering that such an intervention would be catalytic and would bear immediate results.
The President also called on the Russian President to intervene towards Turkey, in order to persuade the country to end its illegal actions, while at the same time expressing his determination to continue talks on a just, viable and operational solution to the Cyprus issue.
For his part, the Russian President assured that he is following with great concern the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the developments in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, emphasizing that Russia is always in favor of resolving disputes through negotiations based on the principles of international law.
He promised to intervene with President Erdogan to defuse the crisis, but also to engage in a creative dialogue to resolve the Cyprus issue.
He stressed that he was particularly pleased with the attitude of President Anastasiades and his willingness to restart the negotiations, as well as the proposals for the protection of the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, promising to convey the above to Erdogan.
In addition, the Russian President expressed hope that the Cyprus-Russia air connection would be reactivated.
He also referred to the Resolution of the House of Representatives which condemned the existence and action of neo-fascist and neo-Nazi movements in Europe, expressing his satisfaction over the matter.
He recalled that this year marked the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus, and Russia was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Cyprus. He also said that a series of events would be held in Russia on this issue.
Agreeing with the President of the Republic, he said that he was happy that, despite the difficulties that arose due to the pandemic, the Ministries of the two countries continued to cooperate. However, the measures unfortunately affected trade cooperation, resulting in a significant reduction in trade in the first four months of the year. Therefore, President Putin suggested the Convergence of the Russia-Cyprus Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation as soon as possible, and requested that the President of the Republic appoint a Cypriot co-president. President Anastasiades stated that he would do so immediately.
He warmly thanked while also expressing his great gratitude for the help and assistance of the Republic of Cyprus for the repatriation of Russian citizens in the midst of a pandemic.
President Putin informed the President of the Republic that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov would be travelling to Cyprus on September 8 for a more detailed review of the developments and joint decisions on actions to ensure peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.
President Putin invited President Anastasiadis to visit Russia and hold private talks as soon as conditions allow. President Anastasiades accepted the invitation.
The President of the Republic assured President Putin of the desire of the Republic of Cyprus to continue to have excellent relations with the Russian Federation, which are constantly being upgraded, with President Putin welcoming this statement and confirming that the Russian Federation woukd work in this direction”. /ibna