February 3, 2023

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Why Cyprus supported anti-Russian sanctions

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis explained his support for sanctions against Russia, commenting on the “metamorphoses” in the position of the state.

His statement that Cyprus was forced to take such a decision in order not to be “outcast” in EUNikos Anastasiadis voiced on January 19:

“The otherwise friendly country of Russia forced us to follow the collective decisions of the EU. Moscow could not expect that we could be a stigma to Europe, that is, those who do not agree with the measures taken together.”

The President of Cyprus writes GreekReporter, assured of the desire to maintain friendly relations with Russia and expressed gratitude to her for her longstanding and current position on the Cyprus issue. He noted the understanding shown by the Russian Federation that “there is no choice when international law is violated.”

According to RIA Novosti, earlier the Cypriot authorities insisted on lifting the ban on issuing tourist visas to Russians. Cyprus has long-standing strong ties with Russia: there is a large Russian-speaking diaspora, and among tourists, before the start of the war in Ukraine, a quarter were Russians. The number of Russian businessmen who wanted to work in Cypriot cities is also large.

Our publication previously reported that Cornelius Corneliou, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, said: “The introduction of a ban on issuing visas to Russian citizens will cause significant damage to Russian communities in the EU.” Greece, Cyprus and Portugal opposed a ban on the issuance of visas to citizens of the Russian Federation for entry into the countries of the European Union. Ivan Nechaev, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, called the calls of some European countries to ban the issuance of Schengen visas as open chauvinism.

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