No rea­son for con­cern over ties with Pak, re­la­tions with In­dia strate­gic: Rus­sia

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NEW DELHI: Rus­sia’s ties with Pak­istan should not be a mat­ter of con­cern for In­dia as Moscow’s re­la­tion­ship with New Delhi is of a “strate­gic, long-term” na­ture, the Rus­sian am­bas­sador here said Thurs­day.

Rus­sian en­voy to In­dia Niko­lay Ku­da­shev said his coun­try’s re­la­tion­ship with Pak­istan was aimed at en­sur­ing a sta­ble Pak­istan, con­tribut­ing to­wards re­gional sta­bil­ity and ef­forts to com­bat ter­ror­ism.

Asked if dur­ing the sum­mit meet­ing be­tween Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi last week, the In­dian side ex­pressed con­cern over the grow­ing Rus­sia-pak­istan ties, Ku­da­shev an­swered in the neg­a­tive.

“What is it to be con­cerned about. The re­la­tion­ship is very clear. We need a sta­ble Pak­istan...as far as I un­der­stand, this is also the idea of the In­dian side,” he told a select group of jour­nal­ists. On hold­ing of mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with Pak­istan, he said it was a counter-ter­ror drill and noth­ing more should be read into it.

“Com­pared with In­dia, our mil­i­tary and tac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion with Pak­istan is al­most nil,” he said.

On new de­vel­op­ments in Rus­sia-pak­istan re­la­tions in the last few years, he said “some­thing new should hap­pen to bring Pak­istan to the re­gional main­stream” and to con­vince it to in­vest more in fight­ing ter­ror­ism. “Pak­istan join­ing the SCO (Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion) is a proof that this ef­fort is suc­ceed­ing. I don’t feel there is any mat­ter of con­cern for In­dia. Our re­la­tion­ship with In­dia is of strate­gic long-term na­ture,” he as­serted.

“No sen­si­ble per­son in Rus­sia will say that we de­velop re­la­tions with Pak­istan at the cost of In­dia. It’s im­pos­si­ble,” the Rus­sian en­voy said.

Asked whether it will be fair to say that Rus­sia and the US have se­ri­ous dif­fer­ences over Afghanistan, the am­bas­sador an­swered in the af­fir­ma­tive.

“...Be­cause the Amer­i­can strat­egy for Afghanistan failed af­ter 10 or more years of mil­i­tary pres­ence. The se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and there is not even a sin­gle re­port to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (by the US),” he said.

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