concluded to great success under the High Patronage of the First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus, Andri Anastasiades on September 12.

Held in the gardens of the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, the annual event offers the Cypriot and Russian communities the opportunity to appreciate their close ties and brings together cultural, political and business figures from both countries.

The Gala was attended by in excess of 600 guests, an endorsement of its popularity among the communities.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, Gold News presents a selection of images from the prestigious event, which welcomed VIP guests from both Cyprus and abroad.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (R) during a meeting with United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide (2-R) at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, 16 June 2017.

[Katia Christodoulou/EPA]Rival Cypriot leaders at a make-or-break summit in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to finally seal an elusive peace deal for their divided island or face the consequences.“We are looking for a final settlement…

We expect both parties to come with determination, will and leadership for a final settlement,” a UN spokesperson told AFP.“We are expecting all parties to come to the table and settle this once and for all, including Greece, Turkey and Britain,” the three so-called guarantor powers of the former British colony.