Cyprus to remain a reliable partner to Russia Cypriot President assures

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, assured Saturday that Cyprus will remain a reliable partner to Russia, especially since the country now emerges stronger than ever from an unprecedented crisis and its recovery has been faster than anyone could predict.

Addressing the 12th Cyprus� Russian Festival Limassol, the President said that the two countries share a long-standing partnership at all levels and in all fields, founded on concrete and deeply-entrenched historical, political, cultural and religious ties.

This is a partnership greatly valued by the Government and the people of Cyprus and one that we actively aim to qualitatively upgrade to new levels, as my presence here as well demonstrates, he said

Asking Russian Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy to convey his deep feelings of appreciation to President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev, the President said that his official visit at the Russian Federation in February 2015 constituted a landmark for widening the already excellent relations between the two countries.

As he said, he had the opportunity to reaffirm with President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev their reciprocal political engagement to deepen cooperation and further solidify the deep political, cultural and religious links between their countries and peoples and enhance dialogue and understanding on regional matters, with emphasis on the area of the Eastern Mediterranean.

I do hope, following my extension of invitation, that my visit will soon be reciprocated at the highest level or I will be able to yet again pay a visit Moscow at mutually agreed dates, in order to explore new areas of beneficial cooperation, as well as deepen and enhance our existing collaborations, for the mutual benefit of our countries and our people, he added.

The President extended also his satisfaction and gratitude for the vote of confidence, trust and faith which the Russian people, in particular the vibrant Russian community residing in Cyprus, as well as the Russian Business Community, have been displaying to Cyprus and its financial and economic system, particularly during the past four years and following the Eurogroup Agreement of March 2013.

He also conveyed the gratitude of the Government and the people of Cyprus for Russia’s traditional principled stance as regards the efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement on the basis of the principles that are founded on the respect for international law, the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

On his part, Russias Ambassador to Cyprus, Stanislav Osadchiy, said that the Festival proves that Russia and Cyprus have excellent friendly relations and noted that the increased numbers of participants in this year’s festival shows that bilateral relationships and ties are strengthened.

He also said that the Russian community is an integral part of Cypriot society, with 50,000 Russians or more living permanently in Cyprus.

He added that last year 800,000 Russians had visited the island for holiday’s, a number almost equal to the entire population of Cyprus and thanked the President of the Republic for his personal involvement in maintaining and strengthening the relations of the two countries.

Source: Cyprus News Agency