The Russian invasion of Ukraine has changed the geopolitical scenario, impacting the European Union’s priorities and relationships with third countries. Euronews journalist Efi Koutsokosta sat down with the new President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides, to discuss the ‘Cypriot question’ and the EU’s role in resolving it. Christodoulides proposed a two-fold approach to addressing the issue: first, breaking the deadlock with EU support, and second, implementing technocratic support for talks. Regarding relations with Russia, he supported the EU’s policy of sanctions and emphasized the need for proper application. Additionally, he highlighted the eastern Mediterranean’s potential as an alternative energy corridor for the EU and discussed ongoing gas discoveries in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone. Ultimately, Christodoulides stressed the importance of considering international events when launching initiatives and working with the EU to achieve common goals.