22 June 2013 11:21

 The settlement of the Cyprus problem was at the focus of talks on Friday between Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of the 17th International Economic Forum taking place in Saint Petersburg, according to ITAR-TASS news agency.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Kasoulides and Lavrov looked into bilateral cooperation issues as well as some international issues, and exchanged views on the situation regarding the settlement of the Cyprus problem, in view of the anticipated resumption of bicommunal talks in the Autumn.
Moreover, Kasoulides informed the Russian side concerning the Republic of Cyprus government’s approaches in view of the forthcoming negotiating process.
Cypriot diplomatic sources have told the Athens News Agency that the thorough discussion they had on the Cyprus problem reaffirmed Moscow’s interest in the Cyprus problem, adding that the proposal of the Republic of Cyprus on the return of the fenced-off town of Famagusta was also again discussed.
Russian diplomatic sources revealed that Moscow requested once again military facilities from Cyprus.
Kasoulides invited this Russian counterpart to visit Nicosia. Lavrov accepted the invitation and according to diplomatic sources the visit will take place until the end of the year.
Lavrov’s visit will take place in the framework of preparations of President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit to Moscow immediately after the two countries conclude of consultations, which are expected to result in the signing of a series of agreements.




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