The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades received today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov at the Presidential Palace.
The Russian Foreign Minister is paying an official visit to Cyprus, as part of the completion of 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In addition, Sergey Lavrov’s visit comes at a critical time with increased tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and signals the Russian Federation’s intention to focus on the region.
During the meeting, the President Anastasiades awarded Lavrov with the Medal of the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III.
In his speech, during the award ceremony, Nikos Anastasiades once again expressed special joy that Sergey Lavrov’s visit takes place on the occasion of the completion of 60 years of diplomatic relations.
As the Cypriot President said, the USSR was one of the first countries to recognize the newly formed Republic of Cyprus, while Moscow’s support for the settlement of the Cyprus problem through a fair and sustainable solution based on the UN Charter is timeless.
Referring to Sergey Lavrov himself, he said that his own contribution is invaluable in the 16 years of service in his country’s Foreign Ministry. That is why, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary, the decision was made, as the Cypriot President said, to award the medal.
“As a token”, he added, “of gratitude for what the Russian Federation has offered to the Republic of Cyprus”. Finally, he conveyed wishes for continued prosperity to the people of Russia and to President Vladimir Putin.
For his part, Sergey Lavrov sincerely thanked President Anastasiades for the award, which he sees as proof of gratitude to Russian diplomacy and relations between the two countries.
The Russian Foreign Minister, after recalling that diplomatic relations began just two days after the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, expressed Russia’s intention to upgrade the Moscow-Nicosia relations, which was confirmed, as he said, in a recent conversation between President Anastasiades and his counterpart, Vladimir Putin./ibna