"In its essence, the resolution of the Cyprus Parliament expresses Cyprus sincere concern over the current stalemate in the relations between the EU and Russia and the need to resolve the crisis. It is also a sincere expression of the will of Cypriots to sustain and further develop the good working relationship they always had with the Russian people. Nevertheless beyond its symbolic dimension, one may feel reserved as to the practical dimension of the issue. It will however add to the process of rapprochement between the two sides [EU and Russia] for the final resolution of the crisis," Hadjigeorgiou said.
Since 2014, relations between Russia and the European Union deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions since Crimea became part of Russia in 2014 and for Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.
Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.