02 March 2014 13:30

NICOSIA -- Police have stepped up security outside the Russian Embassy in Nicosia after the latest developments in Ukraine. Nicosia police chiefKyrpos Michaelides  told the Cyprus News Agency on Sunday that police were aware of a protest demo planned for noon on Sunday outside the embassy by Ukraine residents in Cyprus.
Asked whether security had been stepped up in the light of the latest developments in Ukraine, Michaelides confirmed this was the case, but did not elaborate.
Meanwhile, the Cyprus Foreign Ministry has issued a new travel advice for the Ukraine, advising Cypriot citizens who are permanent residents or intend to travel to the Ukraine to take extra caution and monitor developments in the country.
“The citizens of the Republic of Cyprus are advised to avoid all travel to certain areas, limit their movement and monitor news reports (international and local) for any development and follow the instructions of the local Authorities”, the ministry says.
In case of emergency, Cypriot citizens can contact the Duty Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on +357 99660129, or the Crisis Management Department at the MFA on +357 22801000 or the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Kyiv (24 Vorovskogo St., 2nd Floor, Kyiv, 01054, Ukraine, Tel: +38044 4996451, +380975049558, Fax: +38044 4996453, E-mail: cyprusembassyukraine@gmail.com).
Late on Saturday  the Foreign Ministry expressed concern about the course of events in the Ukraine, saying it hopes that self-restraint will prevail.
The Foreign Ministry looks forward to acting in concert, fast, through international understanding with a view to resolving the crisis via diplomatic channels
The Crisis Management Team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus met here today to examine current developments in the Ukraine, in the presence of Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, an official statement, said..
During the meeting, there was telephone communication with Cyprus’ embassies involved for better coordination and an evaluation of the situation.
The Foreign Minister contacted his Greek counterpart, Evangelos Venizelos, to exchange views on the course of events, in view of Venizelos’ scheduled visit to the Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry continues to be in touch and in close cooperation with its European partners and in particular with Greece, in its capacity as the President of the Council of the European Union, with regard to addressing the situation on a political and consular level,” the statement adds.


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