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24.10.2017

Putin will discuss with the head of Cyprus the settlement of the situation on the island

The leaders of the two countries will also exchange views on the conflict in the east of Ukraine and the events in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting in Moscow with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, who arrived in Russia on a working visit at the invitation of Putin.

"The leaders of the two countries will discuss topical issues of Russian-Cypriot cooperation, primarily in the trade, economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres, exchanging views on key international problems, including the Cyprus settlement," the Kremlin press service said. It is expected that a number of bilateral documents will be signed following the talks. Also, the leaders are scheduled to deliver statements for the media.

As the Cypriot president said in an interview with the TASS, the agreements planned for signing deal with cooperation in the field of maritime transport, international road transport, communications and information technologies. The talks will also touch on the topics of economic cooperation, cooperation in the issues of legal assistance.

Yesterday Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Nikos Anastasiadis and assured his counterpart that Russia considers the Republic of Cyprus to be its reliable and important partner in Europe. In turn, the President of Cyprus expressed gratitude to the Russian side for its support in resolving the Cyprus problem.

Expectations from the visit

In an interview with the agency, the Cypriot leader noted that he was counting on "a full discussion with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on a number of bilateral issues of mutual interest." He said he plans to tell the Russian leadership about the latest developments related to efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, to discuss the present and future status of relations between the EU and Russia, and to exchange views on the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the events in Syria .

bilateral relations

The first visit of Anastasiadis to Russia and his talks with Putin took place in February 2015. Moscow and Nicosia maintain regular contacts in various fields. Regular exchange of views on issues of bilateral relations, European and regional issues is carried out.

One of the main aspects of economic cooperation between the two countries is tourism. The Republic is visited annually by more than 500 thousand Russians. The peak of the tourist flow - 781 thousand people - was registered in 2016 year. However, the latest data from the local statistical service show that this year this record will be beaten.

In 2016, the trade between Russia and Cyprus fell by 2,5% to $ 295,5 million. In the first seven months of this year, trade turnover increased by 52,1% compared to the same period last year. Cyprus continues to be one of the main channels for attracting foreign investment, ahead of the Netherlands.

Meeting with the WorldSkills team

On the same day, the head of state will meet with members of the WorldSkills-Russia national team, who took first place in the team standings points during the 44 WorldSkills World Cup Abu Dhabi 2017. The Russian national team was represented by 58 contestants and 52 experts from 24 regions of the country and competed in all 52 competencies of WorldSkills International. In addition to the high scores, the Russian team took the fifth place in terms of the number of medals - 11, six of them gold, four silver and one bronze.

The WorldSkills International movement is an effective tool for training personnel in accordance with world standards and the needs of new high-tech industries. Participants demonstrate their professional skills, competing in six blocks of professions: the construction industry, information and communication technologies, creativity and design, industrial production, services and services, and civil transport. For half a century of history of the international movement to WorldSkills joined 78 countries. Russia joined the participants in 2012 and took part in three world and two European championships.

A source: TASS

Tags: Cyprus, Anastassiadis, Russia, Putin, International Relations, Politics, The Cyprus Question, Syria, Ukraine