During his official visit to the Republic of Cyprus, the Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, after his meetings with the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Dimitris Syllouris, met with his counterpart Nikos Christodoulides.
After the private discussions of the two Ministers and between the two delegations, Christodoulides and Lavrov gave a joint press conference.
Nikos Christodoulides noted in his statements that during the talks, bilateral relations in many areas were examined, while views were exchanged on the pandemic in the two countries and it was agreed that the connectivity between the two countries would be restored as soon as conditions allow. To this end, discussions will begin immediately.
On the Cyprus issue, Nikos Christodoulides pointed out that Sergey Lavrov is deeply knowledgeable, while he expressed gratitude to Russia for supporting the efforts for a lasting solution, but also against the provocative actions of Turkey in the enclosed city of Famagusta.
The two men agreed to restart negotiations from where they were left off in Crans Montana shortly after the election in the occupied territories, at the base of the Bi-Zone Bi-Communal Federation. A precondition, he said, is to have a proper climate, which does not exist due to Turkey’s destabilizing acts on land and at sea. It is important, he pointed out, to have interventions from the international community towards Turkey, referring specifically to Russia, which is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Lavrov and Christodoulides also exchanged views on other regional issues, such as Syria and Libya, as well as the crisis affecting security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. Finally, they discussed EU-Russia relations. Concluding, Nikos Christodoulides once again thanked Sergey Lavrov for his visit.
For his part, the head of Russian diplomacy, expressed his gratitude to Nikos Christodoulides for the hospitality, speaking of talks that took place in a friendly and confidential atmosphere.
As he said, this was demonstrated in the meeting with President Anastasiades, but also with the Speaker of Parliament, Dimitris Syllouris, referring to the diplomatic relationship that completes today 60 years. Sergey Lavrov, in turn, pointed out that he discussed with Nikos Christodoulides the effects of the pandemic in the two countries, while they agreed to take specific measures related to government transactions.
In addition, he noted that the two were committed to the Protocols signed and to the modernization of the Amendment to avoid Double Taxation. Sergey Lavrov referred to exchanges in the field of culture and sports over the next three years.
There is, as he said, a common consensus on regional issues, referring to the Protocol on Moscow-Nicosia relations for the years 2021 – 2022. He reiterated the position for a just solution to the Cyprus problem based on UN Security Council resolutions. He pointed out that the guarantee agreement does not meet modern conditions, stating that there can be a guarantee through the Security Council.
The Russian Minister expressed the belief that the resumption of talks could bring a solution to the issue of opening the besieged city of Famagusta. He described as unacceptable any steps that lead to the escalation of tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, reiterating his readiness to assist in the dialogue between the parties involved, if requested, without naming Turkey.
In the context of the official meetings, the Consultation Program between the two Ministries for the years 2021 – 2022 was signed, as well as the Protocol amending the Agreement for the avoidance of Double Taxation/ibna.