US Vice President Joe Biden and President Nicos Anastasiades spoke over the phone on Monday to discuss issues of regional concern, a White House official said.
According to the official, Biden, who is in Chile, contacted Anastasiades and discussed with him the situation in the Ukraine, the Cyprus issue and other matters.
“The two leaders expressed firm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, and consulted on steps to lead to a de-escalation of the situation and peaceful resolution,” the official White House readout said.
Biden “welcomed the conclusions of the European Council on March 6, which sent a strong signal that Russia’s military actions in Crimea are unacceptable”.
“Ηe also applauded the resumption of UN-led talks to achieve a just and lasting Cyprus settlement and re-affirmed the United States’ full support for the Cypriot-led process, under the auspices of the United Nations Good Offices Mission,” it added. (CNA)