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

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Russia's ties with should not be a matter of concern for as Moscow's relationship with is of a "strategic, long-term" nature, the Russian here said Thursday.

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

Asked if during the summit meeting between Russian and last week, the Indian side expressed concern over the growing Russia-ties, Kudashev answered in the negative.

"What is it to be concerned about. The relationship is very clear. We need a stable 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 Our relationship with India is of strategic long-term nature," he asserted.

"No sensible person in will say that we develop relations with Pakistan at the cost of India. It's impossible," the Russian said.

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

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

Talking about a peace conference on that was scheduled to take place in recently, he said there was a request from the Afghan side to postpone the meeting.

The had indicated its willingness to attend the conference.

Asked if India conveyed anything on attending the conference, Kudashev said, "There was no denial (of attending from the Indian side)."

As far as engaging with the is concerned, it is a matter on which the has to decide, he said.

Kudashev said that during the Modi-Putin summit, also reiterated its support for India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership bid.

He also said the MoU signed in the field of civil nuclear cooperation during Putin's visit will pave way for new nuclear power projects of Russian design in India, and collaboration in third countries.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 20:10 IST