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Close cooperation between Russian and Cyprus over extraditions

Former attorney-general Costas Clerides

The cooperation between Cyprus and Russia on issues of extradition and legal assistance was discussed between Attorney-General Costas Clerides and his Russian counterpart Chaika Yuri Yakovlevich, it was announced on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which was held at the Legal Service in Nicosia, Clerides said he was “honoured to have received the honourable attorney-general of the Russian Federation and his close associates”.

“As you know, cooperation between the Legal Service and the justice ministry of the Republic of Cyprus with the attorney-general’s office of the Russian Federation has always been close and sound,” he said.

He added that “in today’s meeting various issues of interest to both countries” were discussed.

“Issues relating to legal assistance requests, extradition of fugitives, etc,” Clerides said.

“It was a very productive and effective meeting, and it will continue [on Tuesday] at the justice ministry.”

Speaking through an interpreter, the Russian attorney-general thanked Clerides for the warm reception, and the “constructive and fruitful co-operation between the two countries”.

Chaika described a “long-standing and very successful” cooperation, and extended thanks for the assistance Cyprus offers Russia on legal and extradition issues.

“We have mutual co-operation and trust,” he noted, adding that the memorandum of cooperation signed by the two countries 10 years ago was being implemented.

He said that the two services “cooperate on all levels”, and that “the joint cooperation schedule of our services has been successfully completed”.

Chaika will be received by Justice minister Ionas Nicolaou at 11:30 am Tuesday.

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