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Russia calls for the avoidance of destabilizing activities in Cyprus’ EEZ

Russia follows closely the developments in the Republic of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and calls for the avoidance of activities that could lead to destabilization and raise the possibility of crises in the region, the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Cyprus has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), invited to comment on the presence of Turkish drillship “Yavuz” in Cyprus’ territorial waters, to drill in an area that covers part of exploration blocks 6 and 7, which have been licensed to the ENI and TOTAL consortium.

The Embassy also noted in its statement that “this situation reaffirms once again the need to achieve a permanent, viable and just settlement of the Cyprus problem, that will reflect the interests of Cypriots themselves as well the goal to ensure peace, security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

“We follow closely developments in the Republic of Cyprus’ EEZ. We call for the avoidance of activities that could lead to destabilization and raise the possibility of crises in the region, the strict adherence to the international law principles, the avoidance of violence use and to pursues the settlement of differences solely by peaceful means, through the development of dialogue and by working on confidence measures, particularly in view of the fight of the international community against the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

“We deem that this situation reaffirms once again the need to achieve a permanent, viable and just settlement of the Cyprus problem, that will reflect the interest of Cypriots themselves as well as the goal to ensure peace, security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. As one of the UN Security Council permanent members we express our readiness to contribute as need” the Russian Embassy concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

(CNA)

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