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AKEL top brass in Russia, unhappy with US role

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) greets Andros Kyprianou and Demetris Christofias

Constantinos Psillides

AKEL general secretary Andros Kyprianou met on Monday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who assured him that Russia’s support of Cyprus and its economy is still strong, an official press release said.

Kyprianou was heading an AKEL delegation, which is currently in Moscow to meet with high ranking state officials to discuss current developments in the Cyprus problem as well as the financial state of the island.

Former president Demetris Christofias is also part of the delegation.

According to the press release, Lavrov made clear that Russia supported a solution to the Cyprus problem based on UN resolutions.

According to CyBC, Kyprianou expressed his dissatisfaction with NATO involvement in the Cyprus problem. The state broadcaster reported that Kyprianou accused the US of showing an interest in the Cyprus problem merely because they had the island’s newfound natural gas reserves in mind. Kyprianou requested Lavrov to step up Russian involvement, by means of the UN Security Council and the United Nations.

AKEL general secretary also presented Lavrov with the current developments regarding the Cyprus problem, explaining that AKEL wishes that the government would continue the talks where Christofias had left off.

But Kyprianou explained that AKEL supported President Nicos Anastasiades for the time being and that his party would do everything in its power to see that the problem is solved to the benefit of the Cypriot people.

The AKEL delegation also met with the chairman of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkiny, where issues of financial nature were discussed.

They discussed the financial prospects of the island as well as the state of the banking sector. Kyprianou said that the Russian delegation understood the problems Cyprus faced and were willing to work together so the economy did not suffer another blow.

Kyprianou said that the deposit haircut ordered by the Eurogroup hurt Russian depositors greatly and that meetings like this would help smooth the relationship between the two countries.

AKEL general secretary also thanked Russia for the €2.5 billion loan Cyprus received in 2013, saying that it helped the economy when it was in a dire and vulnerable state.

The AKEL delegation also met with Russian communist party leader, Gennady Zyuganov.

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