The parliament of Cyprus has approved the resolution urging the government to start cooperation with the structures of the European Union on lifting of anti-Russian sanctions.
The document was introduced by the Progressive Party of the Working People and supported by 33 MPs. According to Rossiyskiy Dialog, 17 MPs abstained from voting.
The parliamentarians also proposed to discuss possible lifting of the relevant restrictions on goods from Cyprus with Russia. The legislators promised to rebuild cooperation with Russia through the inter-parliamentary relations.
According to the text of the resolution, the parliament recognizes European sanctions against Russia to be 'counterproductive' and 'unable to solve the Ukrainian crisis.'
Furthermore, they found that the sanctions 'have a negative impact on trade with Russia and on the whole Cyprian economy' in the context of the current economic crisis.
Earlier, the Regional Council of Lombardy called for the recognition of Crimea as the part of Russia and for the lifting of sanctions.