The Russian Federation discusses with the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs the provision of military facilities on the war against ISIS, the Russian Ambassador to Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy has said, expressing confidence that the two countries will find the way to reach an agreement on the issue.

Russian Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy

Russian Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy

Osadchiy met on Monday at the Embassy with the President of the Social Democrats Party EDEK Marinos Sizopoulos and discussed the latest developments in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as the negotiations for finding a solution to the Cyprus issue.

Sizopoulos also conveyed the position of his party for the necessity to offer to Russia military facilities, as those facilities that have been granted to France, in the context of the fight against terrorism and ISIS.

Osadchiy pointed out that it is very important to coordinate our actions against ISIS in the region. He added that Cyprus’ geographical position is particularly sensitive for us and for all the allies that are fighting against ISIS.

Replying to a question, the Russian Ambassador said that his country is discussing the issue with the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “I think we will find a way to get these facilities”, he concluded.


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Minus One have been named as the Cypriot representatives for the up-coming Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, which will be held in Stockholm.

The pop-rock band, which is made up of five members will be looking to lead Cyprus to their best ever finish in Eurovision history.

Vocalist, Francois Micheletto, will be assisted by fellow band members Harrys Pari, Costantinos Amerikanos, Antonis Loizides and Chris J, who will be collectively playing the drums and guitar.

The date for the release of the song has not yet been specified for listeners, which leaves Cypriot fans in eager anticipation. The LGR website will have the song on its release date in the months leading up to the competition.

Minus One have already started producing their song with the help of Swedish producer Thomas G:son who helped Sweden to a Eurovision triumph in 2012 with their song ‘Euphoria’. The involvement of the Swedish producer highlights the Cypriot ambition to impress at this competition.

In terms of performances at previous Eurovision song contests, Cyprus have never won and tend to finish in the wrong end of the leader board.

Head of Delegation Evi Papamichael helped decide who would be representing Cyprus for next summer’s contest and believes the combination can produce a winning formula. She said: ”Minus One and Thomas G:son are, I believe, a winning combination and will hopefully leave our Cypriot flag waving until the very end in Stockholm”.

The band narrowly missed out on this year’s competition with their entry ‘Shine’ and will be hoping for a vast improvement. They have since been performing at stages such as Downtown live in Nicosia and Savino in Larnaca.

The tournament Semi-Finals will span from the 10th May to the 12th May, where they will be hoping to stamp their authority on the rest of Europe.


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US Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited Cyprus on Thursday, is expected in Athens on Friday for bilateral talks, with the Cyprus reunification process high on his agenda.

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He is scheduled to meet Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at 1140 hours local time (0940 GMT).

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will also be present at the meeting and will then continue to have a tête-à-tête meeting with Kerry at 1230 hours local time (1030 GMT).

The Cyprus problem, Greco-Turkish relations, energy matters and the refugee crisis will be on the agenda.

A State Department press release on his visit to Athens says that Kerry will “discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues with the Greek government, including the migration and refugee crisis and progress on economic reforms.”

Asked about the agenda of Kerry’s visit during the daily press briefing on Thursday, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said “I mean, obviously, Greece is a strong partner, an ally.”

“We work with Greece on a range of regional and as well as global issues,” he added.

However, he pointed out that he “can’t speculate what the exact agenda is going to be, but we’ll obviously try to get a readout for you once that meeting takes place.”


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Cypriot Eurovision representatives Minus One wishing you a Merry Christmas

Cypriot Eurovision representatives Minus One wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!

The 2016 Cypriot Eurovision hopefuls Minus One have recorded a special Christmas greeting message, wishing you the compliments of the season to you all the supporters of the Cyprus Eurovision Song Contest entry!

The Cypriot boys made up of vocalist, Francois Micheletto, will be assisted by fellow band members Harrys Pari, Costantinos Amerikanos, Antonis Loizides and Chris J, who will be collectively playing the drums and guitar.

The Cypriot entry will be drawn in one of the semi-finals on 10th and 14th May ultimately leading (should they manage to beat qualifying) to the Final on 16th May, at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.

Check out Minus One on the festive road trip


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