Russia-Cyprus Relations

A Pragmatic Idealist Perspective

  • Costas Melakopides

About this book


This study assesses Moscow's special bilateral relations with Cyprus since the mid-1950s, with particular emphasis on the post-Cold War years. Melakopides develops the theory of 'pragmatic idealism' when describing the way in which Moscow's Cyprus policies were meant to satisfy not only mutual interests but also international legal and ethical principles and norms. The book recalls Cyprus's dramatic vicissitudes since the 1950s and revisits the controversial 'political realist' policies of Washington, Ankara and London against the interests and needs of the Greek-Cypriot majority. Melakopides then goes on to analyse the regional geopolitical context; Turkey's hegemonic ambitions and its ongoing aggressiveness against Cyprus; Nicosia's current efforts to pursue a multidimensional foreign policy that also engages Greece, Israel and Egypt; the strong Russian-Cypriot diplomatic and political relations as well as their relations in trade, banking, energy, tourism, culture, energy and defence; and the origins of Russia's historical, religious and 'spiritual' sentiments and bonds towards Hellenism and Cyprus.


Russia Soviet Union USSR Cold War Post-Cold War Politics Cyprus Realpolitik Turkey International Relations Diplomacy Foreign Policy Pragmatic Idealism cold war foreign policy international relations Israel Policy politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Costas Melakopides
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CyprusCyprus

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