Issues of bilateral relations, education, tourism, trade, investment, but also the avoidance of double taxation were discussed, among others, by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis with the Prime Minister of Croatia Andrei Plenkovicwho is paying an official visit to Cyprus.
After the completion of the meeting they had at the Presidential Palace, Messrs. Anastasiadis and Plenkovic gave statements to the media. President Anastasiadis, among others, stated that discussed issues of the European agenda and especially the situation in Ukrainebriefed by the Croatian Prime Minister following his visit to Kyiv on 8 May, noting that the situation is deteriorating at an alarmingly high rate.
The Cypriot President pointed out that the EU will continue to support Ukraine politically, diplomatically, economically and technically, but also to express full support for its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. «At the same time, we are united in our adoption of sanctions against Russia, in an effort to pressure it to reconsider its actions, end hostilities and engage in negotiations to find a diplomatic solution.Said the President, adding that we know that they Sanctions inevitably come at a cost to our economies as well.
«Nevertheless, European Union sanctions against Moscow can have no greater impact on Member States than on Russia itself»pointed out the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
«We have recently seen some proposals that could have a huge adverse impact on the economies of the Member States and a questionable impact on Russia.“, Noted Mr. Anastadiasis, adding that what must be taken into account is how For maximum effect, third countries cooperating with the EU must align their foreign and security policy with those of the EU.
«I am referring, among other things, to Turkey. Turkey’s decision not to align itself with sanctions against Russia is unacceptable and it is right for the EU to put pressure on Turkey to adopt these sanctions and abandon the tactic of interest which, among other things, undermines the goal of sanctions.».
Referring to the Cyprus issue, President Anastasiadis said that he briefed Prime Minister Plenkovi για on the latest developments and his proposals for confidence building measuresas well as for uncompromising stance of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership. He also informed about the ongoing provocations and violations of Turkey both on the land and in the sea zone of the Republic of Cyprus. Nevertheless, he said, he would continue his efforts and insist on the need for the Turkish Cypriot side to return to negotiations in order to resume talks from where they had been suspended. Finally, he thanked the Prime Minister of Croatia for the support of his country and himself personally in the efforts to find a lasting and functional solution to the Cyprus problem.
For his part, in addition to bilateral issues, Mr Plenkovi,, referring to the energy crisis, said that Cyprus and Croatia can study ways for both countries to take advantage of their potential in terms of gas, pipelines and other related investments.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, the Croatian Prime Minister said that he strongly supports the initiatives of President Anastasiadis that can increase trust between the two communities, noting that “Croatia has always been a leader in the Cyprus issue, supporting your efforts in favor of a peaceful solution and supporting all efforts to bring the parties closer to your proposals, which are in line with UN Security Council resolutions on respect for international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity. And this position will not change. It has always been continuous and clear“, He pointed out characteristically.