Cyprus condemns Turkey's actions to change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque and urged Ankara to respect international obligations, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Cyprus Nikos Hristodulidis.
According to him, growing a flagrant violation of Turkey's international obligations is evident in its decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia, a world heritage site, symbol of the Orthodox faith.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov discussed by phone with the foreign Minister of Cyprus Nicos Christodoulides topical issues on the bilateral agenda, and issues of a Cyprus settlement, said Thursday the Russian dipvedomstva.
According to him, the conversation took place at the initiative of the Cypriot side.
Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Dendias after talks in Athens with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Christodoulidis said that the sides discussed "provocative behavior" of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean and created the "diplomatic front" to counter Ankara.
"We discussed the latest developments in the region in the context of our always closely coordinated. We were particularly concerned about the continuing violations of the rights of Turkey that have spread from Iraq to Libya, destabilizing our entire region. It is also important that we stated that were created formed the diplomatic front, based on international law," said Dendias.
At the initiative of the Cypriot side held a telephone conversation of Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides, said the foreign Ministry.
"I held a detailed exchange of views on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Special attention was given to the promotion of Cypriot settlement, including the role of the UN in this process", - reported on the website of the foreign Ministry.