Former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has denied allegations that Greek Prime Minister K. Mitsotakis interfered in the political decisions of Cyprus. The denial comes after a front-page article in ESTIAS, which referred to a book by publisher Costis Hadjikostis. Anastasiades responded to the article with a statement, saying that the allegations made by Hadjikostis "unfortunately distort reality and have no relation to what he claims to have communicated between us."
Anastasiades also refuted claims made by Hadjikostis about Mitsotakis' positions on the energy program of Cyprus and the change of the gas pipeline, stating that they are "not only not true but are contradicted by the facts themselves and the excellent and flawless cooperation between me and Prime Minister Mitsotakis, as the author himself records." He called any attribution of anti-national positions or interventions by the Greek Prime Minister in the political decisions of the Republic of Cyprus or in jointly agreed policies between Cyprus and Greece "unacceptable and reprehensible."
The front-page article in the Athens daily newspaper was dated March 25, 2023. Anastasiades' statement was released on March 28, 2023.