Moscow is interested in a potential agreement with Cyprus for military facilitation on the island, the country`s Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy (pictured) has said on Wednesday.
The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is expected to visit the Russian capital in the end of February.
Osadchiy said however that at the present stage, Moscow`s consultations with the Cypriot Foreign Ministry concern the preparation of bilateral agreements to be signed during Anastasiades` visit.
Replying to questions, Osadchiy confirmed Moscow`s interest in an agreement providing military facilitation to Russia – similar to the ones in place with France and Germany – and noted that the matter was being discussed.
Moreover, the Ambassador noted that Moscow is following developments concerning the Cyprus issue and natural gas.
The issue of the Turkish research vessel “Barbaros” has been discussed with the Foreign Ministry and Russia urges all sides to break the deadlock, the Osadchiy said.
He noted that “we are doing everything to improve existing good relations between our countries”.
Osadchiy expressed hope that relations will develop further in the future, despite existing difficulties, both in the Russian and in the Cypriot economies.
He said finally that his country has always maintained good relations, both with Turkey and Cyprus, especially now that sanctions are in place.
Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, in spite of numerous calls by the EU to do so and normalise relations with Nicosia.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades suspended his participation in the UN-led peace talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.
Repeated calls for the withdrawal of “Barbaros” went unheeded by Ankara, which announced recently the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.