NICOSIA, September 11 (Itar-Tass) - At the critical moment Cyprus rests on Russia’s support, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said.
In an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass, Anastasiades said, “We’re grateful to the Russian people and the leaders for such support.”
“Mutual political support unites our countries. This is related, first of all, to fundamental issues of international law. I mean Russia’s support for Cyprus’ efforts to achieve a fair settlement on the island,” the Cypriot president said.
“None cannot ignore the fact that a great number of Russian entrepreneurs and ordinary people, who chose Cyprus as the place of residence, contributed to economic restoration and prosperity,” he said, adding that both countries had much in common and “this predetermines close friendship and cooperation that we seek to preserve and strengthen.”
Anastasiades noted that there were many fields for developing cooperation, including tourism finances and the energy sector. He expressed hope that Russian private and state companies showed interest in such projects as the construction of a terminal for liquefied natural gas and others.
The Cypriot president said the country was ready to contribute to further development of good relations between the European Union and Russia.
“I have the warmest feelings to Russia, its people and its leaders,” Anastasiades said.
The Cypriot president’s interview will be broadcast on Rossiya 24 Channel’s Formula of Power and published in the Rossiyaskaya Gazeta newspaper.