Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has discussed with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulidis relations between the countries and the Cyprus settlement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The telephone conversation of the ministers took place on Wednesday at the initiative of the Foreign Minister of Cyprus. The parties discussed the state and prospects for the development of bilateral relations and the implementation of agreements reached during the talks in Moscow in April, according to the website of the foreign ministry.
Christodoulidis expressed his assessment of the Cyprus settlement, and Lavrov reaffirmed the principled position of the Russian Federation in favor of resolving the conflict on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions with a view to achieving a comprehensive, viable and just solution in the interests of both Cypriot communities.
"Undoubtedly, the UN, under the auspices of which the negotiating process is being conducted, should play a central role in international efforts to achieve a settlement, Russia supports the continuation of the mission of the United Nations Armed Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP), which performs important stabilizing functions," the report says.
Negotiations on the reunification of Cyprus are conducted almost from the moment of its division, they were repeatedly interrupted and resumed in February 2014 year after a two-year break on the initiative of the current president Anastasiadis.
In July 2017, the negotiations on Cyprus failed - in Crans-Montana it was not possible to find a solution to the problem of partitioning the island, and the talks were postponed. In Athens, it is believed that the first real chance to solve the Cyprus problem appeared at the Crans-Montana conference, but it was missed because of Turkey's position.