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Russia says Cyprus needs no guarantees

Russia’s ambassador to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy

An independent state does not need guarantees in today`s world, Russian Ambassador to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy said on Wednesday, adding that Cypriots themselves must solve the issues of guarantees, security and territory, without any foreign intervention.

In statements in the framework of a business meeting organised in Limassol on the occasion of a visit by a Saint Petersburg government delegation, Osadchiy said that Russia was in constant contact with the government and supported the efforts for a settlement.
Asked to outline Moscow’s stance relating to territory and guarantees, the Russian ambassador said that they must be solved by Cypriots themselves and more importantly, without foreign intervention.

He said that what was acceptable to the Cypriots was also acceptable to Russia “and this is our steadfast position.”

On guarantees, the Russian ambassador noted that this concerned security in the region as well “and I think that in the contemporary world, it is not so contemporary for a fully-independent state to have guarantees from other countries.”

“If Cypriots want [UN] Security Council guarantees, this is ok with us, but you must choose what you want.”

Referring to Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides` visit to Russia for a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Osadchiy said that they would  discuss the Cyprus problem and bilateral relations, “and in this phase it is very important for us and for you to state once again Russia`s support for a Cyprus settlement.”

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