Russian Deputy FM to hold meetings in Nicosia on Friday

Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexei Meshkov will hold meetings on Friday, March 31st, in Nicosia, during which he will discuss developments in the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Russia as well as international and regional issues.

A reliable source has told CNA that Meshkov, who is arriving on the island on Thursday, will be received on Friday by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, will have a meeting with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and will hold political consultations with the Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zenon.

The same source noted that political consultations between the two countries Foreign Ministry officials take place twice a year, the first one in Cyprus and the second one in Russia.

It added that Meshkov is in charge of relations with Cyprus and that the main aim of his visit is to discuss the current bilateral relations.

Furthermore, the source noted, Meshkov and his interlocutors “will of course discuss about the current situation as regards the process for a Cyprus settlement”, while, during the political consultations, international and regional issues are also expected to be discussed.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

UN-led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source CNA
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