Russia will not agree to any settlement in Cyprus that included NATO as a guarantor power, its ambassador said.
In an interview with Turkish Cypriot Havadis newspaper, Stanislav Osadchiy said his country would support any solution approved by the people.
When asked about the issue of the guarantor powers however, Osadchiy was quoted as saying that “Russia cannot accept NATO guarantees.”
The matter must be resolved with the direct participation of the countries that are concerned, he said.
The 1960 Treaty of Guarantee stipulates that Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom are the guarantor powers of the island’s independence and territorial integrity.
The Turkish side has been pushing for a five-party conference that would include the two sides, and 1960 guarantors Greece, Turkey and Britain but the Greek Cypriot side wants to leave the issue of guarantees until the end of the process and feels that EU membership is enough of a guarantee post-solution to protect the rights of all Cypriots.
Back in July, Osadchiy said Russia would like Cyprus to be a modern state like all states that do not have specific guarantees.
“If they have guarantees, these are from international organisations,” he said, indicating that this could apply to Cyprus too.
In his interview with Havadis, Osadchiy said significant progress has been achieved in the reunification talks and expressed hope that the two leaders would to everything they could to reach a viable solution.
“We keep equal distances from both sides. We urge the other parties too, not to impose any conditions on either side,” he said.