Normalisation of relations with Turkey does not affect relations with Cyprus, Russian Ambassador says

At this moment, Russia is entering the state of smooth relations with Turkey, but this does not affect Moscow’s relations with Cyprus and its positions on the Cyprus problem, Russian Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy has said.

Osadchiy noted that the Cyprus problem is scheduled to be discussed between the Presidents of Russia and Turkey, during the former’s visit to Turkey.

In statements in Limassol, Osadchiy said there was no need for concern over the agreement to sell Russian S-400 missiles to Turkey and the launching of the construction of the nuclear power plant in Akkuyu.

With Turkey we are entering the stage of smooth relations, because before our relations were quite bad, he said, adding that now our relations are entering the stage of mutual interests, especially in the financial sector.

Asked about concerns over the construction of the nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Osadchiy said it should not cause concern because the latest technology will be used. He reminded that there were many nuclear power plants in Russia and that France was the first country in the world in nuclear power plants.

He added that the Cypriot government has been informed about the safety of the nuclear plant by a delegation of the company which has undertaken the construction of the plant, noting that the delegation met a few months ago in Nicosia with representatives of the Ministry of Energy and the President of the House of Representatives.

Referring to the agreement to sell S-400 missiles to Turkey, the Russian Ambassador said it was just a commercial agreement. We are merely selling them and taking the money for these systems, he said.

He also noted that cooperation between Russia and Turkey did not affect Russia’s relations with Cyprus, because, as we have stated many times, we support Cyprus in the Cyprus questions and other issues, and now our delegation which is in Turkey is discussing relations with Cyprus.

Osadchiy was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides, with whom he discussed the dedication of a park in Limassol to the victory of the Allies against Nazism, with the financial support of Russia.

Source: Cyprus News Agency