The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, participated in a preparatory teleconference convened by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in view of the forthcoming Brussels Summit.
According to a written statement by government spokesman Marios Pelekanos, the Summit will focus on the situation in Ukraine, the issue of Energy, the EU Security and Defense sector, etc.
The teleconferences were also attended by the Prime Ministers of Sweden, Belgium, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Poland.
Mr. Pelekanos points out that during his speech, President Anastasiadis reiterated, among other things, the solidarity of Cyprus with Ukraine and its people, as well as its support for the diplomatic efforts made to end the Russian attack. He also mentioned the drama of the Ukrainian refugees and the fact that Cyprus is one of the EU Member States that welcomes refugees from Ukraine and provides them with the necessary assistance.
President Anastasiadis also referred to the imposed sanctions and argued that at this time everyone’s attention should be primarily focused on filling the gaps observed in relation to their implementation, noting that the largest gaps in terms of sanctions concern in third countries such as Turkey.
He stressed that Turkey’s refusal to comply with EU sanctions is not only selfish, but undermines the intended impact of sanctions. As Turkey continues to militarily occupy part of Cyprus, which is under its absolute control, the circumvention of sanctions on its part has a huge impact on Cyprus.
Furthermore, Mr. Anastasiadis addressed the major issue of food security, in light of the dependence on cereals imported from Russia and Ukraine and the shortages that may arise.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus agreed on the need for an in-depth discussion by EU leaders on ways to deal effectively with rising prices. He added, finally, that Cyprus, in cooperation with the countries of the region, will be able to effectively contribute to the energy independence promoted by the EU, by supplying the European market with energy, inter alia, through electricity interconnection projects.