Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke of a new starting point in Greek-Russian relations in an interview with ‘Efimerida Ton Syntakton’ newspaper released on Friday.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will offer an opportunity to put bilateral dialogue back onto a normal footing, he said and added:
“We are convinced that there are objectively no obstacles that would hinder the stable development of the Russian-Greek relations. We can increase joint efforts to deepen relations in all areas, including those of trade, economy and investment. Among our priorities must be the implementation of major joint projects, which will allow us to reach new levels of cooperation.”
Lavrov said that the situation in the Balkans is a cause for concern and criticised NATO and the EU for “stepping up efforts to ‘absorb’ the region with Kosovo as the main source of destabilisation.”
He explained that stability in the Mediterranean region was probably not feasible without a just solution to the long-standing Palestinian problem on the basis of UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Finally, he said that the Russian Foreign Ministry remains committed to a comprehensive, fair, stable and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.