Russian Deputy FM reiterates Moscow’s firm support for Cyprus talks

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aleksey Meshkov reiterated on Friday Moscow’s firm support for negotiations in Cyprus.

He was speaking after a meeting, at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia, where he met with the Ministrys Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Alexandros Zenon.

Meshkov said that Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has always taken into consideration the position of the Republic of Cyprus, when voting for the relevant resolutions. He added that Moscow “will be around when needed.

On his part, Zenon stressed that the Russian Federation is a key player regarding the Cyprus problem and other international issues, as a permanent member of the Security Council.

“We consider Russia a strategic partner of the EU and a partner in a number of international problems” such as Syria and the fight against terrorism, he added.

In their statements, the two men said they also discussed bilateral relations, Cyprus-Russia cooperation in international fora and other issues of mutual interest.

The meeting took place in the framework of the bi-annual political consultations, the two Ministries hold and the next such meeting will be held in Moscow.

In his statements, Ambassador Zenon said that they also examined issues of legal cooperation, trade, tourism, pending agreements and cooperation in international organizations and fora. They also reviewed the situation in Ukraine, EU-Russia relations, and the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

From his part, Meshkov remarked that bilateral relations in the economic realm are now experiencing “a new positive restart” pointing out that last year’s results were promising, especially with regards to tourism. “We expect to send to your lovely country more tourists this year” he added.

He said finally that consultations at the Foreign Ministry were very productive and that regular consultations demonstrate the plethora of issues of mutual interest that need to be discussed at the Ministries’ level.

The Russian Deputy Minister met earlier on Friday with the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, who briefed him on the latest developments in Cyprus talks. He also had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides.

Source: Cyprus News Agency