Anastasiadis: “Sanctions against the invader should not be sanctions against Member States


If and if some of the measures proposed by the EU against Russia do not help and are not in line with the goal pursued by the EU, then they simply will not be adopted, said the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the laying of the foundation stone of the new EOKA Fighters’ Restoration Wing in Palodia, the President, N. Anastasiadis, was invited to refer to the debate that will take place on Monday in the EU regarding the imposition of sanctions. against Russia and how the Cypriot government will act on this, he said that “some concerns have already been raised regarding the 6th package.

What we have said is that they need to be targeted in order to have results. At the same time, the impact on the Member States should be taken into account by European partners, and ultimately, instead of being sanctions against the invader, they should be sanctions against the Member States. Therefore, we will act accordingly.

We are in favor of the unity of the EU, in favor of the measures that must be taken when international law is violated. And this, of course, cannot exclude Cyprus. “

Asked if there is a case for KD not to participate, the President said that “there is nothing similar. “What exists is that if and when some of the proposed measures that we have identified and documented have shown that they do not help, are not in line with the goal pursued by the EU, simply those specific measures will not be adopted.”

Asked whether there is a chance for the discussion on NATO membership to open for Cyprus as well, President Anastasiadis said that “I think it is too early to discuss something similar, there are serious problems that, even if it were the wish of the Cypriot government, would clashed in procedural matters and especially in the refusal of course of Turkey.

It takes unanimity to become a (member) of NATO. “Apart from that, we are a small country, we need protection of course, the issue is for the protection to be effective and for the decisions to be approved by the people.”

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