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Russian, Cypriot foreign ministers urge comprehensive settlement in Cyprus

March 28, 2014, 19:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides discussed the prospects for Russian-Cypriot cooperation in various fields
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Ioannis Kasoulides (L) and Sergei Lavrov (R)

Ioannis Kasoulides (L) and Sergei Lavrov (R)

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MOSCOW, March 28. /ITAR-TASS/. The Cyprus settlement was the focus of Friday’s meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.

The two ministers noted that “Russia and the Republic of Cyprus had a shared outlook on reaching a comprehensive, just and sustainable settlement on the island in the context of the resumed inter-community talks and based on generally recognized principles and norms of international law, enshrined in United Nations Security Council resolutions”, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

Lavrov and Kasoulides discussed the state of and prospects for Russian-Cypriot cooperation in various fields, including the issues of improving its contractual legal framework. They agreed to speed up the work on drafting a number of bilateral documents.

The ministers also exchanged views on the current relations between Russia and the European Union, also in the context of the situation around Ukraine.

Particular attention was paid to the issues of eliminating Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, the ministry said.

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