Bi­lat­eral is­sues, dou­ble-tax top agenda of meet­ing with Lavrov

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De­vel­op­ments on the Cyprus prob­lem and the CyprusRus­sia bi­lat­eral re­la­tions were dis­cussed dur­ing Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades’ meet­ing with Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov in New York on Tues­day, on the side­lines of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

Lavrov said the two also re­vi­wed a num­ber of is­sues agreed dur­ing Anas­tasi­ades’ visit to Moscow, ac­cord­ing to a Cyprus News Agency re­port from New York.

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades said they ex­am­ined the prospects and the need to con­tinue with Rus­sia’s sup­port and con­tri­bu­tion in the “great ef­fort we are mak­ing” for a Cyprus so­lu­tion. He also said that there was com­plete un­der­stand­ing on Lavrov’s part, adding the two also ex­changed views on some is­sues of bi­lat­eral in­ter­est.

Govern­ment sources said that these is­sues in­clude the avoid­ance of dou­ble tax­a­tion, ju­di­cial con­tri­bu­tion and other is­sues.

Re­ply­ing to ques­tions by Rus­sian jour­nal­ists re­gard­ing EU-Rus­sia re­la­tions, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades spoke of the need to nor­malise them and Cyprus is work­ing to­wards this.

“Our ef­fort, as an EU mem­ber state, is to see re­la­tions nor­malised. In any case we are part­ners and want to con­tinue to be part­ners as Euro­peans. I am re­fer­ring to the EU be­cause Cyprus has very strong bonds with Rus­sia. We be­lieve that the Minsk process is the only way. Sanc­tions do not of­fer the chance for di­a­logue and prob­lem res­o­lu­tion. On the con­trary, they keep the par­ties apart”, he added.

He said that sanc­tions “are im­posed on one party which in turn takes counter-mea­sures. And those who pay the ‘price’ at the end of the day are small EU mem­ber states”, the Pres­i­dent added.

In­vited to com­ment on US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s speech be­fore the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, the Pres­i­dent said “it was a speech that cov­ered per­haps all the prob­lems in the world. What is needed is co­op­er­a­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent coun­tries to tackle the prob­lems” as well as unity.

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades also met at the UN Head­quar­ters with Pales­tinian Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas.

On the side­lines of the Pres­i­dent’s visit to the UN, For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides is hold­ing meet­ings with for­eign of­fi­cials.

Ka­soulides met with Bangladeshi For­eign Min­is­ter Abul Has­san Mah­mood where they dis­cussed bi­lat­eral is­sues and Com­mon­wealth af­fairs.

The Cypriot FM also met with Amos J. Hochstein, Spe­cial En­voy and Co­or­di­na­tor for In­ter­na­tional En­ergy Af­fairs with whom they dis­cussed is­sues per­tain­ing to Cyprus’ en­ergy ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the re­gion.

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