The Foreign Office in London has stressed the importance of maintaining EU unity against the course of action undertaken by Russia in Ukraine.
Asked by the Cyprus News Agency to comment on the agreement signed between Cyprus and Russia which allows Russian navy ships to use Cypriot ports, a Foreign Office spokesperson said that access to Cypriot ports is a matter for the Cypriot authorities. “But as the Cypriot President has made clear: ‘the use of Limassol port would not be for military purposes’,” they added.
A CNA source had commented earlier that the agreement is set in the context of the current concerns regarding Russian policy over Ukraine. The Foreign Office spokesperson noted that in the face of Russian aggression it is important to maintain EU unity. “We have been clear that as long as Russia continues to illegally destabilise a neighbour, it cannot be business as usual. That is why the UK has pushed for tough sanctions and they are working. Now is not the time to ease the pressure on Moscow.”
London considers a measure of Russia’s willingness to ease tensions its behaviour towards the agreement signed in Belarus aiming at ceasing fire in eastern Ukraine. The spokesperson described the fulfillment of “all of Russia’s commitments” under the Minsk Agreement as “imperative”.
“We and our EU partners have been clear that there needs to see actions not just words,” added the Foreign Office spokesperson.
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Ο Ολυμπιακός αποχαιρέτισε το Europa League έπειτα από τη χθεσινοβραδινή ισοπαλία 2-2 με την ουκρανικη Ντνίπρο στο Καραϊσκάκη.
Στον πρώτο αγώνα η Ντνίπρο είχε κερδίσει με 2-0.
Ο Μήτρογλου στο 14` άνοιξε το σκορ, αλλά στο 22` ο Φεντέτσκι έφερε το ματς στα ίσια. Στο 89` με πέναλτι ο Ντομίνγκες έκανε το 2-1, αλλά στο δεύτερο λεπτό των καθυστερήσεων ο Κάλινιτς διαμόρφωσε το τελικό αποτέλεσμα.
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Ο Ολυμπιακός Πειραιώς αντιμετωπίζει απόψε, στο Στάδιο «Γεώργιος Καραϊσκάκης», τη Ντνίπρο, στο πλαίσιο της φάσης των «32» του UEFA Europa League .
Ο αγώνας θα αρχίσει στις 20:05.
Όπως αναφέρεται στην ιστοσελίδα της ομάδας του Πειραιά, οι ποδοσφαιριστές του Ολυμπιακού ολοκλήρωσαν χθες το πρωί την προετοιμασία τους για το σημερινό παιχνίδι. Η προπόνηση πραγματοποιήθηκε στο αθλητικό κέντρο του Ρέντη με τον τεχνικό Βίτορ Περέιρα να δίνει ιδιαίτερο βάρος στην τακτική, κάνοντας αρκετές ασκήσεις τόσο για την άμυνα όσο και για την επίθεση.
Μάλιστα η προπόνηση ολοκληρώθηκε δίνοντας ιδιαίτερη έμφαση στις στημένες φάσεις.
Στα ιατρικά δεν προέκυψε κανένα πρόβλημα κατά τη διάρκεια της τελευταίας προπόνησης πριν το ματς με την Ντνίπρο και μετά το τέλος του προγράμματος ο κ. Περέιρα ανακοίνωσε τα ονόματα των 18 ποδοσφαιριστών που συμπεριλήφθηκαν στην αποστολή. Αναλυτικά: Ρομπέρτο, Μέγιερι, Αυλωνίτης, Ντουρμάζ, Μιλιβόγεβιτς, Σαντάνα, Μαζουακού, Ελαμπντελαουί, Διαμαντάκος, Μήτρογλου, Φορτούνης, Αφελάι, Εντινγκά, Μπενίτες, Κασάμι, Ντομίνγκεζ, Σιόβας, Ντοσεβί.
Σε χθεσινή συνέντευξη Τύπου, ο τεχνικός του Ολυμπιακού Βίτορ Περέιρα είπε ότι αυτό που πρέπει να κάνουν είναι να βάλουν το πρώτο γκολ.
«Πρέπει να παίξουμε σε ένα ανώτερο επίπεδο από αυτό του Κιέβου. Να είμαστε πιο οργανωμένοι και να ξεπεράσουμε την ποιότητα της Ντνίπρο σε όλα τα επίπεδα. Θέλουμε να βάλουμε το πρώτο γκολ όχι με τυχαίο τρόπο, αλλά να το καταφέρουμε με οργανωμένο παιχνίδι. Να οργανώσουμε το παιχνίδι μας ώστε να είναι στα δικά μας μέτρα και από εκεί και πέρα να αποδείξουμε ότι είμαστε καλύτεροι από εκείνους και έτσι μετά το πρώτο γκολ θα έρθει και το δεύτερο. Όλες οι ομάδες έχουν πρόβλημα να αντιμετωπίσουν κλειστές άμυνες», πρόσθεσε.
Απαντώντας σε ερώτηση, ο κ. Περέιρα είπε ότι είναι επαγγελματίες και γνωρίζουν ότι στο ποδόσφαιρο δεν γίνεται πάντα να κερδίζεις.
«Φυσικά στον Ολυμπιακό αρέσει να κερδίζει απ` ό,τι να χάνει γιατί αυτό κάνει συνήθως. Είναι δύσκολο να δεχτούμε ότι κάναμε δύο άσχημα αποτελέσματα, αλλά από εκεί και πέρα το δεχόμαστε γιατί έτσι είναι το ποδόσφαιρο. Για να το ξεπεράσεις, πρέπει να δουλέψεις για να πάρεις αποτελέσματα. Εμείς δεν έχουμε χρόνο να δουλέψουμε λόγω των σερί ματς, όμως έχουμε τη δυνατότητα να δουλεύουμε με εικόνες και με θεωρία και να προετοιμάζουμε όσο καλύτερα μπορούμε τα επόμενα παιχνίδια μας. Αυτό που θέλουμε είναι να είμαστε πολύ καλύτεροι, πιο ισορροπημένοι, να παίξουμε με θάρρος και προσωπικότητα», συμπλήρωσε.
Σήμερα θα διεξαχθούν επίσης οι αγώνες Ντιναμό Μόσχας – Άντερλεχτ, Ζενίτ – Αϊντχόφεν, Μπεσίκτας – Λίβερμπουλ, Φιορεντίνα -Τότεναμ, Ίντερ Μιλάνου – Σέλτικ, Ντινάμο Κιέβου – Γκενγκάν, Σάλτσμπουργκ – Βιγιαρεάλ, Λέγκια Βαρσοβίας – Άγιαξ, Μπορούσια Γκλάντμπαχ – Σεβίλλη, Σπόρτινγκ Λισσαβόνας – Βόλφσμπουργκ, Κλαμπ Μπριζ – Άαλμποργκ, Νάπολι – Τράμπζονσπορ, Φέγενορντ – Ρόμα, Έβερτον – Γιουνγκ Μπόις και Αθλέτικ Μπιλμπάο – Τορίνο.
“Υπό τις παρούσες συνθήκες είναι αδύνατο να γίνουν αγώνες την Κυριακή” ανακοίνωσε αμέσως μετά τη συνάντησή του με τον Πρωθυπουργό της Ελλάδας Αλέξη Τσίπρα, ο Υφυπουργός Αθλητισμού Σταύρος Κοντονής.
Η απόφαση για την αναστολή των αγώνων της Super League αποτελεί το πρώτο σαφές σήμα που δίνει η κυβέρνηση και αναμένονται και άλλες πρωτοβουλίες για να σταματήσει το φαινόμενο της βίας στα γήπεδα. Κρίσιμη είναι κατόπιν αυτών συνάντηση που θα έχει ο Υφυπουργός Αθλητισμού με τις διοργανώτριες Αρχές την προσεχή Τετάρτη, ημέρα κατά την οποία η κυβέρνηση θα σταθμίσει εάν έχουν γίνει βήματα στην κατεύθυνση της επίλυσης του ζητήματος.
“Η απόφαση της κυβέρνησης να παταχθεί η βία στα γήπεδα είναι οριστική και αμετάκλητη. Η απόφαση του Πρωθυπουργού και της κυβέρνησης να εξαλειφθούν αυτά τα φαινόμενα τα οποία μας προσβάλλουν όλους και προσβάλλουν και τον πολιτισμό μας είναι οριστική. Απευθυνόμαστε προς όλους όσοι εμπλέκονται στα θέματα του αθλητισμού και ιδιαίτερα του ποδοσφαίρου και λέμε ότι η κυβέρνηση είναι ανυποχώρητη, δεν θα κάνει ούτε ένα βήμα πίσω σε όσα ήδη έχει εξαγγείλει”, δήλωσε μετά τη συνάντηση με τον Πρωθυπουργό ο κ. Κοντονής.
“Απευθυνόμαστε σε όλους και λέμε ότι επιχειρηματικά συμφέροντα, τα οποία αναπτύσσονται κατά τον απαράδεκτο τρόπο που βλέπουμε τα τελευταία χρόνια στο χώρο του αθλητισμού, είναι αδιανόητο να τα ανεχθούμε γιατί στρέφονται κατά του αθλητισμού και κατά των φιλάθλων και των εργαζομένων στον αθλητισμό”, δήλωσε ο Υφυπουργός Αθλητισμού.
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Μεγάλη νίκη επί του πρωτοπόρου Ολυμπιακού με 2-1 πέτυχε την Κυριακή το βράδυ ο Παναθηναϊκός για την 25 αγωνιστική της Σούπερ Λίγκ, μειώνοντας στους τρεις βαθμούς τη διαφορά του από τους “ερυθρόλευκους”.
Οι “πράσινοι” προηγήθηκαν στο 48` με αυτογκόλ του Μαζουάκου και πέτυχαν το 2ο γκολ τους στο 78` με τον Πέτριτς.
Ο Ολυμπιακός μείωσε στο 7ο λεπτό των καθυστερήσεων με γκολ του Ντομίνγκες, ύστερα από απευθείας κτύπημα φάουλ.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed on Wednesday gratitude over Cyprus` stance vis-a-vis EU sanctions against Russia.
Speaking through an interpreter, during a joint press conference with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, at his country house, in Moscow, Putin also revealed that one of the agreements signed allows Russian vessels to dock in Cypriot ports.
This concerns our vessels that take part in international efforts to combat terrorism and piracy, the Russian President explained.
Putin said that the new agreement signed between the two countries is not aimed against anyone.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus is paying an official visit to the Russian Federation since Tuesday.
On Wednesday, eight bilateral agreements were signed between the two countries, along with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and the Central Bank of Russia.
Moreover, an MoU was signed between the Cyprus Investment Promotion Authority (CIPA) and “Invest in Russia”.
President Anastasiades noted from his part that Cyprus was from the beginning in favour of a constructive dialogue with Russia and expressed his government`s determination to work with a view to restore the strategic cooperation between Moscow and Brussels.
Referring to the Cyprus issue, Vladimir Putin reiterated Russia`s commitment to a principled stance for a comprehensive and just Cyprus solution, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, with President Anastasiades thanking him on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus.
Replying to a question on energy he said it constitutes an important part of our cooperation.
There are prospects, we are aware of it, we know that foreign companies, American, European and Asian are working in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone, he noted. Many of our partners, he added, including the Cypriot authorities, are interested in a more active cooperation with Russian companies and assured that Russia would look into the potentials. We do not rule out that something specific will come out of this, he said, expressing his will to expand this cooperation.
On his part, replying to a question over EU sanctions against Russia, Anastasiades recalled Cyprus` position that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy. He reiterated Cyprus` support to the territorial integrity and independence of the Ukraine and the agreements reached in Minsk. Diplomacy and not military means is the way forward, he stressed.
President Anastasiades also expressed the view that it is gradually evident to all European partners that sanctions that can be damaging to a large country such as Russia can also have negative consequences not just for Cyprus but also for many other EU countries including industrially developed ones.
In an introductory statement earlier Putin spoke about the relations between the two countries which were always friendly and mutually beneficial. “Today’s meeting fully confirmed this”, he pointed out.
Referring to the agreements signed he said that among them is a joint programme of action for 2015-2017 that aims, among other things, to promoting economic cooperation.
As regards a loan of 2.5 billion euro Russia has granted Cyprus, he said that Russia accepted the restructuring of the loan with more beneficial terms.
He added that on most of the issues he discussed with President Anastasiades “our positions coincide.” Among the issues discussed, he said, were the situation in the Middle East and the relations between Russia and the EU.
Referring to the Cyprus problem he said that “Russia adheres to a principled position for a comprehensive and just settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions.”
He added that it is important for the solution to come from the Cypriots themselves without outside intervention.
On his part, President Anastasiades said that the consultations held “have an extremely significant political and socioeconomic meaning and, aside from everything else, demonstrate the importance that Cyprus and the Russian Federation attribute to the dialogue between them and to the further deepening of their relations”.
“Relations that are not affected by strategic cooperation of one or the other country, because it is mutually understood that such choices are not directed against any third country, but to the contrary aim to strengthen further the traditional and over the years historic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cyprus”, he stressed.
He expressed the belief, “that my visit to Moscow is a landmark for the further growth of the already excellent relations between the Russian Federation and Cyprus”.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the island and occupied 37% of its territory.
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An opinion survey has found that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots feel Cypriots above all and they are positive to establishing a Cypriot identity as an element that would bring the inhabitants of the divided island of Cyprus together, Chairman of the University of Nicosia Board Nicos Peristianis told a press conference on Wednesday.
Peristianis presented the results of the survey conducted by IMR/University of Nicosia on behalf of the New Cyprus Association, according to which the fulfillment of this desire is not easy due to the lack of a collective identity and substantive communication between the two sides as well as because Cypriots find it difficult to imagine ways of building a “joint roof” and a common future.
Invited to determine their identity, Greek Cypriots responded: 48% Cypriot, 43% more Cypriot than Greek/equally Cypriot and Greek, 9% Greek/more Greek than Cypriot. Responds from the Turkish Cypriot side were: 88% Cypriot, 6% equally Cypriot and Turk, 6% Turk/Turkish Cypriot.
Asked how useful it would be to have a common Cypriot identity, Greek Cypriots replied: 67% very useful/quite useful and Turkish Cypriots 80% very useful/quite useful.
Moreover, 27% of the Greek Cypriots said that it would be better for a Cypriot identity to be established prior to a solution to the Cyprus problem, 26% both prior and after a solution and 24% after a solution, while 23% responded negatively. Turkish Cypriots replied 76% before a solution, 16% both before and after a solution and 8% after a solution
With regard to the type of the solution 44% of the Greek Cypriots and 15% of the Turkish Cypriots were in favour of a united state, 24% of the Greek Cypriots and 30% of the Turkish Cypriots in favour of a federation, 14% of Greek Cypriots and 29% of Turkish Cypriots in favour of two separate states, 8% of the Greek Cypriots and 19% of the Turkish Cypriots in favour of the current situation and 4% of the Greek Cypriots and 5% of the Turkish Cypriots in favour of a confederation.
The survey involved 500 telephone conversations and was conducted using a structured questionnaire for each of the two communities during the period of November to December 2014.
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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held a meeting today at the Presidential Residence in Moscow, where they held private talks, followed by extended consultations of the delegations of the two countries.
After their meeting, which took place in the framework of the Cypriot President`s official visit to Moscow, the President of Cyprus and the President of Russia signed the Joint Action Programme between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation for 2015-2017, which constitutes an umbrella document, covering numerous areas of the prolific cooperation between the two countries.
In the presence of the two Presidents, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Finance of Cyprus and the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Russia for cooperation in the fields of research and technology.
Also, the Protocol of the 8th Cyprus-Russia Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation was signed, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Defense of the two countries for cooperation in the naval field.
An agreement was also signed between the government of the Republic of Cyprus and the government of the Russian Federation on military cooperation. The agreement was signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries, Ioannis Kasoulides and Sergei Lavrov.
Moreover, an Agreement was signed between the two countries for cooperation in the fight against the illegal movement of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as an Agreement for cooperation on combating terrorism.
In addition, a Programme of Cooperation was signed between the two countries in the field of Sciences, Education and Culture for the period 2015-2018.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency and the corresponding organization of Russia.
Meanwhile, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (‘CySEC’) signed today an updated Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (‘Bank of Russia’), following the transfer of the functions of the Federal Financial Markets Service (‘FFMS’) to the Bank of Russia, which now oversees and regulates both the banking and the securities sector.
The signing of the updated MoU aims to further strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two supervisory Authorities, aiming specifically to facilitate the exchange of information and the more effective investigation of potential violations of the legislation governing the securities market.
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The Eurozone Ministers of Finance approved the revise list of reform proposals submitted by Greece, in the Tuesday afternoon Eurogroup teleconference, thus completing Friday’s agreement. The next step will be for the national parliaments to approve.
According to the list of reform proposals sent by Mr. Varoufakis, the government’s main priorities are:
•To overhaul the VAT, combat smuggling of tobacco and fuel in order to collect taxes,
•Continue the fiscal consolidation by carrying out inspections and cuts of non-wage expenses in the public sector,
•Review privatizations without affecting or overturning any completed ones and to
•Address the humanitarian crisis
Additionally the government will take a number of initiatives in order to dissuade civil servants from taking early retirements, as well as associate the payment of insurance contributions with pensions.
Contrary to the government’s proclamations, the agreement does not include any references to the replacement of the controversial “ENFIA” real estate tax with another real estate tax on large property, nor are there any references to increasing the tax-free threshold.
The government has also agreed to carry out the increase of the minimum wage in consultation with the EU, ECB and IMF. The intention is to streamline wages in the public sector, while protecting those on lower wages, as well as inspecting expenses in all State sectors.
Mr. Varoufakis concluded his list with the explicit declaration that the plan is to tackle the humanitarian crisis, without a negative financial impact.
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Dr Anja Ulbrich, A.G. Leventis curator of Cypriot Antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, recently delivered a lecture on Cyprus, Island of Aphrodite: Her images, cult and sanctuaries during the era of the city kingdoms (Archaic and Classical Periods) at Senate House, University of London.
The lecture was organised by the Friends of the British School at Athens, chaired by the archaeologist Gerald Cadogan, and attended by Mr A. P. Leventis, the director of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, Dr Achilleas Hadjikyriacou, the cultural counsellor of the Cyprus High Commission, Doros Partassides, representative of Cyprus Television, and a mixed audience of archaeologists, classicists and the public.
The starting point of the intriguing, richly illustrated lecture was Greek literature, mostly Homer and Hesiod, which vaguely portrays Aphrodite, frequently called “Kypris” or “Lady of Cyprus” (potnia Kyprou in Greek), as the most important deity on the island with universal powers, facets and functions in the Cypriot society and religion during the age of the city-kingdoms (ca. 750-310 BC).
Dr Ulbrich went on to explore the significance and various functions of the goddess by analysing the archaeological evidence from and for her sanctuaries in Cyprus proper. The first part of the lecture focused on the imagery of the votive figures in stone and terracotta from her sanctuaries, particularly those portraying her or referring to Cypriot Aphrodite, not called Aphrodite in Cypriot dedicatory inscriptions before the time of Alexander the Great. A second part investigated the distribution and topography of her cult-sites in Cyprus and in the urban centres and territories of the island’s 12 autonomous city-kingdoms.
Through the period under review, various different types of images of or referring to Cypriot Aphrodite were dedicated as votive figures to the goddess. They reflect both, her various aspects and functions as well as the multi-cultural nature of Cypriot society at the time. Thus,
the image-types of a naked female, sometimes supporting her breasts or of a pregnant enthroned woman or goddess, characterized Kypris as goddess of sex, love and fertility. They were introduced from Phoenicia in the 7th or 5th century BC respectively, probably through Phoenicians in the Phoenician city-kingdom of Kition in Cyprus. Equally Phoenician inspired are the locally created capitals in the shape of the head of the Egyptian goddess Hathor functioning as images of Cypriot Aphrodite protecting the Cypriot kings and dynasties like Hathor did for the pharaohs in Egypt. Locally developed Cypriot image types, like of a such as “the goddess with a vegetal crown” visualized Cypriot Aphrodite as a goddess of vegetal fertility and agriculture and or a mural crown as city-goddess. While the addition of a deer placed her as goddess of wild animals and hunting close to Greek Artemis, a winged Eros on her arm showed her as Greek Aphrodite, goddess of erotic love.
A survey of the distribution of sanctuaries of the goddess in Cyprus, illustrated with various maps, showed that she was the dominant deity within the urban centres of all city-kingdoms as well as in towns in the territories. There she was worshipped in several sanctuaries at geographically prominent sites, such as on top of an acropolis, in a palace or near the city-gates, either in all her various aspects mentioned above, or different aspects of her were dominant at different urban cult places. The further away her sanctuaries lay from a city or larger town, the more her aspect of female and vegetal fertility and as a hunting goddess became prominent in the images of her votive-figurines. With increasing distance of from the urban centres and in the territory, more sanctuaries dedicated to a divine couple, including Cypriot Aphrodite, or to a male deity alone could be found. There, the male counterpart of the goddess had the qualities of a weather-god, a pastoral, and male fertility deity as well as of a war god.
The speaker convincingly concluded that both the imagery of the votive figures associated with Cypriot Aphrodite as well as the distribution and topography of her sanctuaries clearly confirmed the topos in Greek literature that Cyprus was truly the island of Aphrodite.
The lecture was very well received with several questions came coming from the audience and was followed by a reception during which lively discussions were continued.
Commenting on the lecture, Dr Achilleas Hadjikyriacou, the Cultural Counsellor of the Cyprus High Commission, highlighted the fact that Dr Ulbrich’s research allowed the audience to appreciate the complex social, cultural, religious and historical connotations of the “Great Goddess of Cyprus”. As he stated: “Cyprus is widely known as the Island of Aphrodite, but there is still a lot to learn from the ongoing archaeological research regarding the importance of the Goddess as at a cross point of ancient civilisations, cultures and histories. Dr Ulbrich, a leading scholar in this field, has provided original insights into the presence of Aphrodite in the Iisland during the Archaic and Classical periods while at the same time she convincingly explored exploring the change in the Goddess’ physical representations and religious symbolisms across time and place.”
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