epa05010269 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with UN and Arab League envoy to Syria Staffan Domingo de Mistura (L), during talks in Moscow, Russia, 04 November 2015.  An estimated 250,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, which started with peaceful pro-democracy protests in 2011. More than half the country's pre-war population of 22.4 million people were internally displaced or forced to flee from the homeland.  EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The positions of Nicosia and Moscow regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces from the territory of Cyprus coincide, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said Monday.


“We know that Russian position is alike ours on the need to fully withdraw the foreign troops from the Cyprus territory,” Kasoulides said ahead of the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. The Cypriot foreign minister is currently on a working visit to Moscow. Lavrov and Kasoulides are expected to consider the priorities of the Cypriot chairmanship of the Council of Europe that will last from November 22, 2016 to May 19, 2017 and discuss a number of other issues.

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