Eurocrisis File: Financial panic grips Cyprus, protesters, police clash outside parliament building, long queues form at ATMs; European Central Bank threatens to pull Emergency Liquidity Assistance unless Nicosia submits to bailout terms, Cypriot finance minister refuses to leave Moscow without loan; PM Medvedev: Russia cannot access government accounts in Cypriot banks
March 22, 2013
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A large number of our open public structures work through Cyprus. They now have money blocked for reasons that are unclear, because the source of that money is obvious. This money is declared everywhere. These include government structures. That’s why we have to take quite a firm position on the events around Cyprus and regulating the debt of Cyprus.
— Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; statement published on Russian government website, March 21, 2013