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Cyprus President Thankful to Russia, Putin for Consistent Cyprus Issue Support

Cyprus President Thankful to Russia, Putin for Consistent Cyprus Issue Support

Cyprus President Thankful to Russia, Putin for Consistent Cyprus Issue Support
May 25
17:33 2017

Сyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters that he was grateful to Russia and specifically to its President Vladimir Putin for the consistent support in the issue of Cypriot reunification.

On May 18-20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei

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“I also had an opportunity to thank Mr. Lavrov for Russia’s consistent support on the Cyprus issue, both at the bilateral as well as the multilateral level and expressed my gratitude and appreciation to President Putin and the Government of the Russian Federation for their support,” Anastasiades said.

In January and February, several media reports emerged suggesting that Cyprus was wary of Russia’s alleged opposition to the reunification.

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov reacted to the first such reports in January stating that Russia had always supported a fair and long-term solution for the island. Chizhov stressed Russia’s belief that both communities living on the island should be able to make decisions on their future without external interference.

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been partitioned since 1974, when Turkey occupied the island’s north, later proclaiming the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Turkey maintains military presence in TRNC, which is only recognized by Ankara as an independent state. The leaders of the two country’s communities have been engaged in UN-backed mediation talks since 2015.

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