Cyprus was against the sanctions against Russia, which eventually can lead to negative consequences for the economies of European countries.
This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides. He spoke in Brussels at the European Council meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers, which was announced the introduction of targeted sanctions against "officials responsible for undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine."
Press and Information Office of the Government of Cyprus has issued a statement outlining the performance Kasoulides. In it, in particular, said: "Regarding sanctions, approved by the Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that Cyprus agrees with the proposed list of measures in order to maintain unanimity. He also pointed out that after the Cold War, the economy of European countries are interdependent and that all countries built a special relationship with the Russian Federation. We oppose measures that actually punish us and our economy, he said. "
Speaking about the possibility of new sanctions, Kasoulides warned that they should not cause major damage to the economies of EU member states, among them such as Cyprus, which is under the influence of financial support programs. The Minister stressed that otherwise President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis "asks for compensatory measures at the upcoming EU summit, to be able to give their consent."
In his speech, Kasoulides also expressed the need to demand from the Kiev government to take a series of measures, including the "decisive action against extremist and Nazi elements and their uncontrollable behavior."
Head of the Cypriot Foreign Ministry issued for sending observers to Ukraine and the OSCE noted that diplomatic efforts should now be focused on preventing the escalation of the crisis in parts of Eastern and Southern Ukraine.