If and if some of the measures proposed by the EU against Russia do not help and are not in line with the goal pursued by the EU, then they simply will not be adopted, said today the President of the Republic Mr. Nikos Anastasiadis.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new EOKA Fighters' Restoration Wing in Palodia, the President was invited to address a debate in the EU on Monday on imposing sanctions on Russia. and how the Cypriot Government will act on this, said that “already, some concerns have been raised regarding the 6th package.
What we have said is that they should be targeted in order to have results . At the same time, the impact on the Member States should be taken into account by European partners, and ultimately, instead of being sanctions against the invader, they should be sanctions against the Member States. Therefore, we will act accordingly.
We are in favor of the unity of the EU, in favor of the measures that must be taken when international law is violated. And this, of course, cannot exclude Cyprus. ” & nbsp;
Asked if there is a case for not participating, the President said that “there is no such thing. “What exists is that if and when some of the proposed measures that we have identified and documented have shown that they do not help, are not in line with the goal pursued by the EU, simply those specific measures will not be adopted.”
Asked to say whether there is a chance for the discussion on NATO membership to open for Cyprus as well, President Anastasiadis said that “I think it is too early to discuss something similar, there are serious problems that were the wish of the Cypriot Government , would run into procedural issues and especially the refusal of course of Turkey. It takes unanimity to become a (member) of NATO. “Besides, we are a small country, we need protection of course, the issue is to make effective protection and for the decisions to be approved by the people.”