Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Cypriot Parliament’s vote on a resolution against anti-Russian EU sanctions

Submitted on Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:29

We noted the resolution adopted by the Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus on July 7 in support of lifting EU sanctions on the Russian Federation. Indicatively, not a single MP voted against it.

Naturally, the resolution is not binding. However, this outcome reflects the will of the overwhelming majority of Cypriots to restore mutually beneficial trade and economic relations with Russia.

This resolution, just as similar resolutions passed in France by the National Assembly on April 28 and the Senate on June 8, and documents endorsed by four Italian regional parliaments point to the growing understanding in EU countries of the role of anti-Russian sanctions and their negative consequences for their national economies and European security as a whole.