MOSCOW, September 27 (Itar-Tass) —— President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit his country, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, commenting of the results of a meeting between Lavrov and Christofias on the sidelines of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“We discussed the process of the Cypriot settlement. We are convinced that any efforts must be based on resolutions of the United Nations Security Council clearly fixing the parameters of the Cypriot state and with due account of lawful interests of both communities. This position stays unchanged,” the Russian foreign minister was quoted as saying. “We believe that this approach must serve as a guiding principle for all efforts of the United Nations Secretary General, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and other parties concerned.”
“Thank you for your warn words about Russia’s relations with Cyprus,” Lavrov told Christofias. “Cooperation between the two countries in the trade-and-economic and cultural spheres is currently on the rise. As a chair in the European Union, Cyprus spares no effort for the sake of further consolidation of partner relations between Russia and the European Union.”
“I am grateful for your invitation to visit Cyprus,” Lavrov went on. “I would be glad to come to your country again. The agenda and dates of the visit will be agreed later.”