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Solution of Cyprus issue will reduce Turkeys & EUs dependence on Russian gas

Solution of Cyprus issue will reduce Turkeys & EUs dependence on Russian gas

By Nuran Erkul  Gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, along with the solution of Cyprus issue, are likely to reduce both Turkey’s and the EU’s dependence on Russian gas, International Energy Agency (IEA) head said on Friday. Speaking to Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos, Fatih Birol, head of the

The lukewarm war between Russia and Turkey may heat up in Cyprus next

By Alper Riza Cyprus is a small island in a troubled region and in recent history her people have consistently shown a misguided understanding of what is in their best interests. The last thing they need at the moment is to take sides in the lukewarm war that has broken out between Russia and Turkey.

Does Eide have a plan?

Davos man The other day, a UN source told me that Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide has no intention of holding a multilateral conference when President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci attend the Davos Summit on January 21. However, all three guarantor powers (Turkey, Greece and UK) will be there, which might

Controversial role of Moscow’s man in Cyprus

By Jean Christou Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy’s statement last Monday that Cyprus was discussing a request from Moscow for military facilities in the fight against ISIS in Syria, has raised eyebrows in diplomatic circles where it was labelled an unacceptable interference in Cyprus’ affairs. Osadchiy’s statement sparked hasty denials from both Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

View: Giving military facilities to Russia would be very unwise

AFTER the Paris attacks, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides announced that facilities in Cyprus were available to France in the fight against Islamic State. There had been no request for assistance from France but the government was ready to help if required, Kasoulides said. It was a commendable offer to France, illustrating the government’s desire to

Guarantees focus of Kerry-Lavrov Cyprus contacts

The issue of security guarantees will be the focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s series of contacts in Cyprus this week. Cyprus Weekly sources say that Lavrov and Kerry, who will be in Cyprus on December 1-2 and December 3-4 respectively, will primarily be discussing the security

Lavrov urges two sides to show readiness for compromise

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed the hope that the two communities in Cyprus would show readiness to make compromises, bearing in mind their mutual concerns. “We welcome the resumption of the inter-communal talks in May this year and we follow closely the process of the Cyprus talks. There are for now many issues

Kasoulides: negotiations have come a long way

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Sunday the Cyprus talks had come a considerable way without needing the involvement of any foreign mediators. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit in Malta, the foreign minister was asked to comment on the increased international interest in the Cyprus problem considering the upcoming visits

Putin says Russia will continue to stand for a just Cyprus solution

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades on the occasion of the Independence Day of Cyprus on October 1st. In his message President Putin says that the Russian-Cypriot relations, based on the long-standing traditions of friendship, cultural and spiritual closeness, “have

Sergei Lavrov and Anastasiades discussed ongoing process of Cyprus problem

  UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades discussed the ongoing process of the Cyprus conflict settlement, the ministry said in a statement. The Eastern Mediterranean island has been partitioned since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied its northern part and proclaimed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) nearly a decade later. Only