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I. Kasoulidis: Taking measures against the Putin regime that will not harm the Russian people

The importance of taking measures directed against the Putin regime, without harming or having a negative impact on the Russian people, was highlighted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulidis.

During the work of the informal Council of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) held in Prague and regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the EU’s coordinated response, Mr. Kasoulidis expressed skepticism about the possibility of a complete and horizontal abolition of entry visas for all Russian citizens, highlighting the importance of maintaining contacts with civil society.

He emphasized that the effectiveness of sanctions depends on the consistency in their application. He pointed out that due attention should be paid by the EU to Turkey’s efforts to circumvent sanctions through its agreements with Russia. The exemption of banks and companies operated by Turkey from the framework of EU restrictive measures enables Russia to continue to procure materials that strengthen, among other things, its defense industry. For this very reason, the minister added, the EU must be vigilant and monitor the implementation of the Sochi Agreements, as well as Turkish moves and cooperation agreements concluded by Turkey with the Russian Federation.

In his intervention, finally, on EU-Africa relations, Mr. Kasoulidis referred to the need for the EU to work with partners on the African continent to jointly effectively address security challenges, expressing Cyprus’ full support for this. Mr Kasoulidis emphasized the need to continue the EU’s principle of “African solutions to African problems”, by strengthening Africa’s state and economic institutions, without imposing external solutions. At the same time, he underlined the need to find solutions to deal with the food crisis in Africa, ensuring the continuation of unhindered circulation and trade of food. In relation to Immigration, he pointed out the need to conclude agreements on the readmission of migrants with states on the African continent.


Source: Capital

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