Cyprus said on Wednesday it reached an agreement in principle with the European Union presidency on a mandate for negotiating with Turkey that should smooth the way for membership talks to open on Oct. 3.
The tentative agreement between Nicosia and Britain, which holds the EU presidency, was tabled at a meeting of the 25 EU ambassadors early Wednesday, and the outcome was still unclear. "From our side there are no longer any obstructions," said a Cypriot diplomat, who requested anonymity, reports the AP.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons