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Lavrov: Deepening of Russia-Turkey cooperation will not affect Moscow-Nicosia dialogue

7-09-2020, 09:28 Russia, Turkey
Lavrov: Deepening of Russia-Turkey cooperation will not affect Moscow-Nicosia dialogue

7 September 2020, 09:28 - NovostiNK
The enhancement of the Russian-Turkish cooperation does not and will not affect Moscow's dialogue with Nicosia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Cypriot newspaper Phileleftheros , RIA Novosti reported.

"With regard to our relations with Turkey, I would like to once again assure our Cypriot friends that the deepening of Russia-Turkey cooperation and the necessity to cooperate with Ankara on regional issues neither affects nor will affect in any way our dialogue with Nicosia," Lavrov said.

According to the Russian side, both Cyprus and Turkey have the "political will to prevent further destabilization of the regional situation."

Lavrov also pointed to the United Nations as being "a universal platform for efficient resolution of disputes."

"We are ready to facilitate the building of good-neighborliness between Cyprus and Turkey, but, of course, only if both of them request it," the Russian FM was quoted as saying.

Lavrov went on to describe the current relations between Russia and Cyprus as "friendly and trustful."

Sergey Lavrov is currently on a working visit in Cyprus to mark the 60-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Nicosia.



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