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High-level meetings in Moscow for Anastasiades

President Nicos Anastasiades

President Nicos Anastasiades is expected to hold high-level meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and China President Xi Jinping during his visit to Moscow this weekend.

On Saturday the President will also be meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon.

Anastasiades was invited by Putin to attend celebrations commemorating Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the President`s meeting will focus on the Cyprus issue and bilateral relations.

He added that the meeting with Bam would focus exclusively on the Cyprus problem. These were not the only meetings Anastasiades would hold, as he is also meeting South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday to discuss bilateral relations.

Anastasiades arrived in Moscow after he visited Poland.

Christodoulides told CNA that during his stay in Poland, Anastasiades met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, with whom he discussed the prospect for the resumption of dialogue on the Cyprus issue, and the important role the EU could play in the process.

Anastasiades also met Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar- Kitarović.

The President had also a meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Porosenko, with whom he discussed the crisis in Ukraine while also including bilateral issues such as the Double Taxation Agreement between the two countries and the EU`s Association Agreement with Ukraine. Anastasiades also accepted an invitation by Porosenko to visit Ukraine.

The President returns to Cyprus Sunday at noon. (CNA)

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