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Pak left embarrassed as Russia rules out 'mediating' between India, Pakistan

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

With welcoming Russia's intervention in solving the impasse between and Islamabad, Moscow has made it clear that it will not intervene or attempt to mediate between the hostile neighbours.

"In connection with reports appearing in the Pakistani media regarding the statement of the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of about Russia's readiness to act as a mediator in the settlement of the Kashmir issue, we would like to emphasize that the Russian position remains principled and unchanged: the differences between and should be resolved by them on a bilateral basis in accordance with the provisions of the Shimla Agreement of 1972 and Lahore Declaration of 1999," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

However, the statement asserted that is interested in good neighbourly relations between and Pakistan, as it would directly contribute to regional stability and security, and the development of mutually beneficial trade and economic ties.

Meanwhile, has strongly denied the claims that offered to mediate between and

Responding to questions, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, "No offer of mediation between and was made by to It is my understanding that is very well aware of India's consistent position to address all outstanding issues with bilaterally in an environment free of terrorism and violence."

Earlier, the Dawn quoted Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria as saying during a weekly press briefing in on Thursday that the country had recently established high-level contact with and welcomes President Vladimir Putin's offer to mediate between and

According to unverified reports in media, Russian President Putin during his meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the recently-held Belt and Road Forum reportedly offered to help mediate tensions between and

Tensions have been running high between the two Asian neighbours amid spree of ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltration from side.

Relations between and worsened after several terror attacks including one on an Indian military base in Uri and also on an Indian air force base in Pathankot.

The situation between both nations further deteriorated after a military court announced a death sentence to former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Relations between the two nations have been particularly worsened after the 2008 Mumbai attacks by based terrorists.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 02:24 IST