The Cyprus problem and the next steps following on from discussions during President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit to Moscow last month were on the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting between Anastasiades and Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Osadchiy said discussions had revolved around Anastasiades’ Moscow visit and the way forward so that its results were not wasted.
He added that the Cyprus problem was also discussed, as Russia’s interest was well-known.
“As always, Russia is interested in the Cyprus problem, and we exchanged views on our expectations, as well as those of the President,” Osadchiy said.
According to the Russian diplomat, the meeting also featured peripheral issues, like the Cypriot educational system and whether Russian could be taught in high schools. According to state radio, Osadchiy conveyed to Anastasiades the rising concern of many Russians residing in Cyprus over the prospect of the Russian language “not being taught in high schools”.
Asked whether circumstances relating to the Cyprus problem allow for more optimism, Osadchiy said he fully looks forward to the resumption of the talks as UN special envoy Espen Barth Eide has received assurances that Turkey wants to agree a solution.
He noted that “we need to wait and see the results from specific steps” made by the United Nations towards a resumption of settlement talks, and wished for a speedy solution to the Cyprus problem.