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Anastasiades-Putin reaffirm strong Cyprus-Russia ties
As the Greek Tribune went to press, President Nicos Anastasiades met on Tuesday in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin where they reaffirmed ties between the two countries.
Anastasiades was greeted at the Kremlin by Putin and they held a tete-a-tete ahead of a meeting between the full delegations from both sides to sign a number of bilateral agreements.
The two heads of state signed a joint action programme, while ministers of the Russian and Cypriot governments signed bilateral agreements, a Memorandum of Understanding and a Joint Declaration.
In particular, the corresponding ministers of the two countries signed agreements in Commercial Shipping, International Road Transport, Maritime Transport, Communications and Information Technology.
Also, a Joint Declaration was signed between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation to co-operation in the field of modernising the economies.
A Joint Program of Action 2018-2020 was signed by the two presidents.
Welcoming Anastasiades, Putin said relations between Cyprus and Russia were developing positively, noting that ties go back a long way. He said Russia was always in favour of a just solution of the Cyprus problem and added that the Soviet Union was the first country to recognise the independence of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960.
On his part, Anastasiades referred to the historical, cultural, religious ties between Russia and Cyprus, adding that cooperation between the two countries was excellent.
"There is no doubt that we will see how we can, through our cooperation, serve the best interests of our peoples," he said.
He expressed the gratitude of the Cypriot people and the Cyprus government "for the consistent and stable support of Russia that is based on principles with regard to a solution to the longstanding Cyprus problem."
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