|Historical and cultural bonds have linked Cyprus and Russia for centuries. With the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 there followed immediately the conclusion of diplomatic relations with the then USSR (18th August 1960). The friendly character of the bilateral relations is reflected in the same or similar position of the two states in important international issues, as well as in the consistent and valuable support of Russia in the efforts to find a just, viable and comprehensive solution of the Cyprus Question on the basis of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. During the official visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to Cyprus on June 8th 2005, H.E. Mr. Lavrov confirmed in the most precise manner that Russia will continue to support the positions of the Cypriot government on the Cyprus Question, with the aim to achieve a viable solution, acceptable to all parties involved, on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
With Cyprus’ entry into the European Union on May 1st 2004, another dimension was added to Cyprus-Russia relations since the EU is a strategic partner of Russia.
The trade and economic ties between Cyprus and Russia are on a satisfactory level. A large number of Russian entrepreneurs use Cyprus as their base for their business and investment activities. Cyprus imports from Russia mainly oil as well as iron, other metals, timber, etc. Cypriot exports to Russia include mainly agricultural products, foodstuff and pharmaceuticals. A significant number of Russian tourists also visit Cyprus every year.
Cyprus and Russia have concluded a large number of bilateral agreements which cover different areas (political, economic, commercial, cultural, legal, etc).
Within the above context, the Political Section of the Embassy deals with the further enhancement of co-operation between Cyprus and Russia. This co-operation applies both to bilateral relations as well as co-operation in different international organizations. The political section follows also the current political developments in Russia and informs the Cypriot Foreign Ministry accordingly.
The Political Section follows also developments in the other countries to which this Embassy is accredited, namely Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and promotes co-operation with these countries.
More information on Cyprus’ foreign policy is available from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. The Ministry’s website offers detailed information on Cypriot foreign policy, the Cyprus Question, and the history of Cyprus-European Union relations.