Russia has independent ties with India and Pakistan, say top Russian diplomats

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The three countries are members of the Shanghai cooperation organization and work together in areas such as regional security and fighting against terror, which imagines capacity building and exercise

Nikolay Kudashev.
Nikolay Kudashev.

Russia has an independent relationship with Indian and Pakistani military cooperation and Moscow with Islamabad limited to the supply of equipment intended to improve the war against terrorism, the top two Russian diplomats in New Delhi said on Wednesday.

Moscow is also committed to fulfilling all weapons agreements with India,

including contracts for the S-400 air defense system, despite the threat of US sanctions, Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev and Deputy Head of Roman Mission Babushkin told news direction.

The diplomats reiterated Russia’s concern about the Indo-Pacific concept and a quad or quad security dialogue, with Kudashev said the Western Indo-Pacific strategy aimed to revive the structure of the Cold War era.

Diplomats briefed to the media after the Russian Foreign Minister of the recent visit to New Delhi to prepare reasons for the Indian-Russian annual Summit to be held in the second half of this year. Unlike most visits by Russian leaders, Lavrov did not meet with Indian Prime Minister and he went to Pakistan from India.

Babushkin said there might be “there is no reason to think there are differences or misunderstandings between Russia and India as far as Pakistan concerns”. He added: “We have independent relationships with India and Pakistan and other countries, while relationships with both are based on their own strengths.”

The three countries are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and work together in various fields such as regional security and fighting against terror, which imagined increased capacity and training, he said.

“Russia follows its commitment and there is limited cooperation with Pakistan,

compared to India. However, the struggle against terrorism is our shared agenda. So we also help Pakistan provide anti-terrorism equipment and hold special exercises,” Babushkin said.

Russia also respected the Agreement of the SIMLA in the declaration of 1972 and Lahore in 1999 which did not leave space for third-party mediation in India-Pakistani affairs and “have no intention of disturbing or siding”, he added. He described the decision by India and Pakistan to comply with the 2003 ceasefire at the control line as “a very important step in ensuring regional stability”.

During media interactions in Islamabad, Lavrov said Russia was ready to provide special military equipment to Pakistan to increase the fight against terror. India has long opposed the sale of Russian military hardware to Pakistan’s rival.

Kudashev described military cooperation as one of the most important tracks of Indian-Russian relations and said all weapons agreements were on track despite the threat of US sanctions under American enemies against sanctions (Caatsa).

“Together with India, we do not recognize bilateral sanctions because they are illegal tools of competition, pressure, and even unauthorized extortion. It was clearly stated by two foreign ministers in their exchange courses,” Kudashev said.

“With regard to the S-400 and other agreements, both parties are committed to the agreed schedule and other obligations. This contract was successfully fulfilled,” he said, referring to an agreement of $ 5.4 billion for five S-400 systems.

Kudashev said that while India was

“the closest friend and Russian trusted partner” and both parties had convergence in the majority of global and regional problems, including Afghanistan, Moscow continued to have concerns about the Indo-Pacific concept.

“We just want to mention our partner’s attention and friends of India with danger from the Western Indo-Pacific strategy aimed at the revival of the thought and structure of the Cold War,” he said.

Both Kudashev and Babushkin described India as the main partner in an effort to ensure security and stability in Afghanistan, and said New Delhi would be part of the discussion under the format of Moscow and finally “expanded troika”. They said India could help in building regional consensus in an effort to find solutions in the war hit by a war.

Responding to questions about Indian-China tension connected with the deadlock in the actual (LAC) control line, Babushkin said: “We followed the development in the LAC and we would encourage India and China to continue the release efforts to promote constructive and insightful dialogue.

“This is a very important prerequisite for regional stability and of course we will encourage both parties to take advantage of our general multilateral platform. They are highly scheduled at the highest level this year, including Summit BRICS, SCO Summit and Ric Summit.”

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