Russia, Cyprus sign defense cooperation documents

Russia and Cyprus have signed a 2015-2017 cooperation program following the talks between their leaders. The document was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. 

In addition, the head of the Russian Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, and the chairperson of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, Demetra Kalogirou, have signed a memorandum of understanding in the presence of their respective heads of state. A similar memorandum was signed between the Invest in Russia agency and the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency.

The foreign ministers of Russia and Cyprus have signed a number of documents, including on military cooperation between the two countries, in the presence of their respective presidents.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulidis have signed, in particular, a memorandum on naval cooperation between the Russian and Cypriot defense ministries and an intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation. The ministers have also signed a 2015-2018 program of bilateral cooperation in science, education and culture, intergovernmental agreements on cooperation in countering illicit drug trafficking and terrorism.

On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, at his residence outside Moscow, to discuss a broad range of issues concerning the bilateral cooperation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is certain that the defense cooperation between Russia and Cyprus harms no one and should cause no worries to any of their partners.

"We are friends and are not working against anybody. We want to achieve our joint national objectives for the benefit of our nations. And our cooperation is no impediment to others," Putin told a press conference held jointly with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades.

This concerns, in particular, the defense cooperation between Russia and Cyprus, he said. Relevant documents were signed after the talks.

"What are they about? These are primarily our ships which take part in international efforts to fight terrorism, to fight international piracy and so on. I don't think it could be a worry for someone," Putin said.

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