The deal 18 months in the planning would end 40 years of division.
Hamad el Kaddah tells "Newsweek" how he became the last person left on the plane with the hijacker.
The hijacker emerged from the aircraft at Larnaca airport with his hands in the air.
115 refugees landed at British military bases on the Mediterranean island and now face an ultimatum.
The U.N. refugee agency says Britain must resettle more than 100 Syrian refugees.
One prospective Russian airfield is just 50km from a key British RAF base.
Tsipras also called for a "bridge of peace and cooperation between Europe and Russia".
Turkey has no plans to pay 90 million euros ($124 million) to Cyprus for its invasion 40 years ago