Lavrov ar­rives for quick visit

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Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov ar­rived in Cyprus on Tues­day evening and will be re­ceived by Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades on Wed­nes­day, a day be­fore US US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry also ar­rives on the is­land.

Lavrov will also have talks with For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides and House Pres­i­dent Yian­nakis Omirou and is sched­uled to meet the Arch­bishop Chrysos­to­mos, be­fore at­tend­ing an event at the Rus­sian Em­bassy to mark 55 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions.

Lavrov ar­rived on a pri­vate jet at Lar­naca air­port and was greeted by the Chief of Pro­to­col Mar­ios Koun­tourides and the Rus­sian Am­bas­sador to Cyprus Stanislav Osad­chiy.

In an ear­lier in­ter­view with the Cyprus News Agency, Lavrov said he looked for­ward to a se­ries of con­struc­tive meet­ings on a wide range of is­sues, bi­lat­eral and in­ter­na­tional, as well as the as­sess­ment of the im­ple­men­ta­tion process of the is­sues agreed be­tween the Pres­i­dents of the two coun­tries. Fur­ther­more, he ex­pressed cer­tainty that the out­come of his meet­ings will con­trib­ute to the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and to the strength­en­ing of trust in the Euro­pean con­ti­nent.

Lavrov ex­pressed his coun­try’s grat­i­tude to­wards Ni­cosia’s po­si­tion of prin­ci­ples af­ter the down­ing of a Rus­sian jet by Tur­key, while, re­fer­ring to the Cyprus is­sue, he re­it­er­ated Rus­sia’s stance for a vi­able and just so­lu­tion, based on the rel­e­vant UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil de­ci­sions, with full re­spect of the in­ter­ests of the two com­mu­ni­ties on the is­land.

His de­ci­sion not to cross over to the north to meet with Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci has caused a stir, coun­tered by a flash visit by Turk­ish PM Ahemt Davu­to­glu. The po­lice are on high alert due to the two of­fi­cials’ visit, ac­cord­ing to Jus­tice and Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Ionas Ni­co­laou.

In state­ments to the press, af­ter sign­ing with the US Am­bas­sador to Cyprus Kath­leen Ann Do­herty an agree­ment on en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion in pre­vent­ing and com­bat­ing se­ri­ous crime, Ionas Ni­co­laou said that Do­herty thanked “for the co­op­er­a­tion they have up un­til now with the po­lice as re­gards the mea­sures to be im­ple­mented, and in gen­eral for the co­op­er­a­tion that we’ve had in many is­sues un­til now.”

Asked about the se­cu­rity mea­sures taken for Lavrov’s and Kerry’s vis­its, the Min­is­ter as­sured that “all nec­es­sary mea­sures are be­ing taken by the po­lice and we ex­pect ev­ery­thing to run smoothly.”

He said that the US Am­bas­sador noted that the mea­sures that have been taken are al­ready ob­vi­ous, both as re­gards the se­cu­rity of the US em­bassy and other venues, the air­ports and the cross­ing points.

He noted that Do­herty ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion that ex­tra se­cu­rity mea­sures are taken “ir­re­spec­tive of whether we have or not – and we do not have – any spe­cific in­for­ma­tion.”

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