President Nicos Anastasiades and Russian President Vladimir Putin met late Thursday on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan.
Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that the discussion was held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere and that Putin was well aware of the Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ EEZ, and the reaction of the Republic.
Anastasiades and Putin spoke at a dinner hosted by the Italian president for delegates at the summit.
Discussions focused on a range of bilateral relations between Cyprus and Russia, EU-Russia relations, as well as the Cyprus issue.
“Mr Putin reiterated Russia’s principled position both as regards the solution of the Cyprus problem and the inalienable right of the Republic to take advantage and exploit its natural resources within the EEZ, describing as unacceptable any violation of the sovereignty Republic of Cyprus,” said a written statement from Christodoulides.