A Russian foreign ministry spokesperson has denied reports that Moscow planned to recognise Turkish-occupied Cyprus in exchange for Turkey recognising the independence of Abkhazia, a disputed autonomous republic that was part of neighbouring Georgia .

Maria Zakharova speaking for the Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the reports which appeared in Turkish media.

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Ms Zakharova said Russia supported the resolution of the Cyprus question that was based on United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

She went on to say that the reports were acts of misinformation that were spread to undermine Russia’s relations with Cyprus and undermine the security and stability of the region.

Abkhazia broke away from Georgia with Russian military support in 2008. Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia on 26 August, 2008. Two days later, Georgia’s parliament passed a resolution declaring Abkhazia a Russian-occupied territory.