Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides, Moscow, February 22, 2019
Mr Minister, my dear Nikos,
We are delighted to welcome you to Moscow, and we are also happy about this opportunity to continue a detailed dialogue on the entire range of our longtime and very friendly relations.
Traditionally, we maintain a detailed and regular political dialogue. We greatly appreciate the attention that President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis personally devotes to our ties.
We are noting positive trends in trade, overall economic performance and investment. Members of the Russian-Cypriot Inter-Governmental Commission for Economic Cooperation and the Working Group for Trade and Economic Cooperation are to hold their regular meeting in late February. Quite likely, they will adopt decisions making it possible to expand our practical cooperation still further.
We highly appreciate our cultural, humanitarian and spiritual ties that are in high demand among the citizens of Cyprus and the Russian Federation.
We are interested in another exchange of opinions on international matters, problems that persist in our common region and in relations between Russia and the European Union. Your assessments of the situation regarding the Cypriot peace settlement (around which many events are currently taking place) will prove important.