Russia dismisses rumours that it intends to recognize Turkish Cypriot pseudostate in Cyprus

Russia supports the settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions and, contrary to the rumours, does not intent to clinch a deal related to the recognition of the Turkish Cypriot pseudostate in Cyprus, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova has said.

Russia has always followed a position of principles as regards the settlement of the Cyprus problem and has been in favour of a solution based on the relevant UN Security Council decisions, Zakharova noted, adding that these decisions provide for the establishment of a bicommunal, bizonal federation. Moreover she said that “we are in favour of maintaining the effective mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus.

Zakharova said that it is obvious that there are forces behind these rumours which aim to create, at any cost, problems to the relations of Russia with Cyprus and that attempts take place with a view to undermine business projects and to make regional partners withdraw from a mutually beneficial cooperation. They generally aim to harm bilateral relations, she underlined.

Moreover she said that questions are raised by the fact that the numerous institutions created under the EU auspices to combat fake news insist to remain silent towards a series of reports in the Turkish Cypriot media that have spread out the rumour for a possible recognition of the Turkish Cypriot pseudostate by Russia.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency