The strengthening of bilateral relations and their commitment to it were discussed by the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Cyprus during their meeting in Moscow.
Sergey Lavrov and Nikos Christodoulides decided to implement the two agreed documents, namely the Strategic Framework for Cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation for the three-year period 2022-2024 and the Agreement between the Governments of Cyprus and Russia for Cooperation in Humanitarian Operations.
At the end of the meeting, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said that he raised the issue of Turkey’s illegal actions in Varosha, which are in complete contradiction with the relevant Security Council (SC) resolutions. The actions continue despite the clear stance of the Security Council through the Presidential Declaration of July 23rd to overturn those of Turkey’s illegal decisions regarding Famagusta.
He argued that “Ankara’s complete disregard for Security Council decisions, and with the expansion of Council Members, is something we believe should be a serious concern for the Council itself and especially its Permanent Members.”
In addition, said the Cypriot Foreign Minister, he informed “about the situation in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus and the ongoing provocative, illegal actions of Turkey, which violate any principle of international law, negatively affect the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem and undermining stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean ”.
After thanking the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation for the invitation to visit Moscow, Nikos Christodoulides also noted that “during our consultations we had a very constructive discussion and exchange of views on our bilateral relations, response to the pandemic, international and regional issues, Relations EU-Russia, and of course on the Cyprus problem and developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. “” “With the Minister on the prospects of their development in specific areas and on issues of common interest, always for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries. We agreed to work together in this direction in the coming period.”
He went on to say that “it is in this context, and also on the occasion of the end of the last six decades of diplomatic relations, that we signed two important documents a few minutes ago, which demonstrate our joint commitment to strengthen bilateral relations:
The first of the two is the Strategic Framework for Cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation for the three-year period 2022-2024, which is a renewal of the Joint Action Program that was in force until recently between the Governments of the two countries and which essentially sets the objectives of our cooperation on a wide range of issues.
The second we signed is the Agreement between the Governments of Cyprus and Russia on Cooperation during Humanitarian Operations in Crisis Management Situations, which predetermines the way in which the two countries will cooperate in cases of crisis requiring the evacuation of our citizens from the countries of third. “
He also noted that “with Mr. Lavrov we also exchanged views on EU-Russia relations. It is an undeniable fact that there are different challenges, difficulties and approaches, but at the same time we share the conviction that cooperation is necessary for successfully meet and address important international challenges.It is important and necessary to have an ongoing dialogue and communication, as this is the only way to address any disagreements and / or different approaches.Sergy and I also discussed developments regional and international situation and the wider geopolitical situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa.Through a sincere and open dialogue, we exchanged views on other regional and international issues.The issue in all cases is that perspectives are created to achieve conditions of stability and security, always in accordance with international law and without access to zero amount. “
He concluded by noting that “in conclusion, let me once again thank the dear Minister for the very constructive and substantive discussions we have had. My visit to Moscow is my third since taking office and I sincerely believe that its results confirm the connections. “Strong and long-lasting friendship between our peoples, as well as the high level of our bilateral relations. Dear Sergey, thank you again for your hospitality and warm hospitality.”
On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, welcoming his Cypriot counterpart, said that the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides to Moscow is part of the intensive dialogue between the two countries.
“We are pleased to welcome you to Moscow. Your visit is a continuation of our regular and intensive dialogue on bilateral, regional and international issues,” Lavrov said.
He recalled that “we had a useful meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades in New York, but for obvious reasons, it was of short duration.”
Today, Sergey Lavrov continued, “we will discuss in detail how the agreements reached at the highest level between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other Ministries are being implemented.
“We appreciate your views on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East region as a whole,” he added./ ibna