MOSCOW - Foreign Minister Michalis Sarris held a half hour meeting with his Russian counterpart Anton Siluanov, in an effort to find ways for Russia tohelp Cyprus meet the terms of its bailout offer.
Sarris said he was discussing with Mr Siluanov all the ways in which Russia can assist in Cyprus exit from the crisis.
"The decision of the House is respected, he leaves us now to manage the crisis as it unfolds, we are trying to find alternatives, problems remain, it is very serious and we need to see how we can ensure the large sums needed to assure the rescue of Cyprus," Sarris told CNA.
The situation "needed to be resolved today."
"We are in a state of emergency about that there is no doubt."
Asked what he would discuss with his Russian counterpart, Mr. Sarris said that "we will discuss how Russia could assist in finding the billions needed."
Asked if the meetings would include the issue of the acquisition of Laiki Bank, Sarris responded by saying that "we are trying to find all the possibilities."
According to banking sources, a high-level delegation of the Laiki Bank is having contacts in Moscow with Russian officials.