Russia and Cyprus, 1991–2012: Pragmatic Idealism versus Realpolitik

  • Costas Melakopides


Since a major aim of this book is to demonstrate that the rigid assumptions of the power-centric analyses of “realism” have missed, inter alia, the strong bonds and positive sentiments between the Russian and Hellenic (Greek and Greek-Cypriot) peoples, which must have contributed to Moscow’s adoption of the idealist principles, values, and norms of international law and international ethics, even during the Cold War, we need to contemplate where such “idealism” derives from. The conclusion expressed even explicitly by most persons quoted in this book — both Russians and Cypriots, diplomats, politicians, academics, and opinion-makers — is that it springs from Russia’s deep historical experiences with Hellenism; from the special “spiritual” bonds created primarily by Orthodox Christianity; from their linguistic and cultural influences and links; from the long exposure to, and deep appreciation of, each other’s literary and artistic production; from the cordial affection shared by the peoples of Russia, Cyprus and Greece; and from ethical and other axiological sympathies and similarities.


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© Costas Melakopides 2016

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  • Costas Melakopides
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  1. 1.University of CyprusCyprus

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