Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, September 8, 2020, Nicosia
Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you.
I am pleased to pass best wishes from President Vladimir Putin. Not so long ago, you and Mr Putin had a telephone conversation and confirmed your determination to promote our relations in all areas. We will actively pursue this.
Two dates were celebrated recently, the 60th anniversary of the Cypriot state and the 60th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, which you mentioned. It was a very important anniversary and we celebrated it properly.
I would like to confirm the appraisal you gave of our relations and the principles on which they are based. I confirm that Russia will continue to develop cooperation with the Republic of Cyprus while relying on the principles of the UN Charter.
You know our position on the Cypriot settlement. We support fulfilling the decisions taken by the United Nations as well as an earlier resumption and completion of the talks between the two communities.
We are also concerned about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. As for your relations with the Republic of Turkey, we are ready to assist with establishing a pragmatic dialogue built on respect for mutual interests in order to find a fair solution, based on international law.
Unfortunately, it is not the only problem in the Eastern Mediterranean. We are deeply concerned about the fact that a power located far away, the United States, is trying to play the countries in the region against each other and to pursue the course of “who is not with us is against us,” forcing everybody else to follow this course. This is deplorable because the Eastern Mediterranean and any other region need completely different approaches in order to solve their problems and promote their own interests. Searching for a compromise and a balance of interests is the only path towards resolving problems in different parts of the world.
We are ready for a dialogue with our Cypriot friends on all the issues on the bilateral, regional and international agendas. We highly value your commitment to the principles of the UN Charter.
Once again, thank you for your hospitality.