Moscow warned on Monday against attempts to impose a solution in Cyprus that Greek and Turkish Cypriots rejected, as it reiterated its support to UN resolutions and agreements between the two communities.
According to Tass news agency, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned against attempts to “deliberately impose on the Cypriots any solutions that might be beneficial for this or that foreign player.”
“We insist that the United States and UN special adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide stop trying to artificially appoint timeframes for reaching agreements and imposing solutions that are rejected by any of the parties to the Cypriot settlement,” the Russian foreign minister said.
Speaking after talks with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides in Moscow, Lavrov said his country was committed to the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus on the basis of the agreements between the two communities.
“The problem of how to ensure security of the united Cypriot state is to be solved by the Cypriot sides,” he said. “We will respect any position and any agreements that will be reached.”
The issue of security is among the most difficult aspects on the road to reunification. Greek Cypriots want a guarantee system established in the 1960s to be scrapped. Turkish Cypriots on the other hand, insist that Turkey must remain a guarantor of their security.
Kasoulides said all foreign troops must be withdrawn from Cyprus.
“It is the most important chapter for us in any solution. We know that Russia’s stance is identical to ours in that the institution of guarantees must be eliminated and all foreign troops withdrawn from Cyprus,” Kasoulides said.
He added that Russia as a UN Security Council member had always adhered to high-principled positions and kept pressing for them today.
Lavrov told his Cypriot counterpart that the development of relations and cooperation between Russia and Cyprus don’t depend on the current political environment.
“We regularly communicate at various levels, and this underlines that our political dialog is trust-based and of special character,” Lavrov said. “Last year we celebrated 55 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations and all these years once again laid emphasis that our cooperation and development of bilateral relations do not depend on the political environment.”