Cyprus and Russia reaffirm their excellent relations

The excellent relations between Cyprus and Russia were reaffirmed during a meeting Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades had on Wednesday with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation Stanislav Osadchiy, whom he briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

According to a statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic, during the meeting President Anastasiades expressed his thanks for the principled position of the Russian Federation through the years on the Cyprus problem, as well as for its readiness to contribute positively to the efforts to achieve a solution without the presence of any anachronistic guarantees.

“Within this framework, the President of the Republic also reaffirmed the excellent relations between the Government and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation and praised his positive role through his support in the efforts to find a solution, as well as through the expansion and strengthening of the cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation in bilateral fields of cooperation,” the press release added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

source: CNA