Lavrov says externally imposed solution cannot work on Cyprus

Russian Foreign Minister says the UN Security Council alone can guarantee future security arrangements on the divided island.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for a comprehensive, just, stable and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, in an interview with Cyprus’ right-wing daily Simerini.

Lavrov said that the principles of Russia’s position on the Cyprus problem remains unchanged.

He called for the restoration of Cyprus as an independent, sovereign nation with territorial integrity, a unified state that will guarantee the interests of the Cypriots themselves. Lavrov said that such a solution is the key to ensuring peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean.