Moscow, Aug 10 : Russia on Saturday backed Indian government stance that changes in implementation of the Article 370 was carried out "within the framework of Constitution" and said there should be 'normalisation' of India-Pakistan relations through bilateral means.
"Russia is a consistent supporter of the normalization of relations between India and Pakistan.
We hope that the differences between them will be resolved by political and diplomatic means on a bilateral basis in accordance with the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the Lahore Declaration of 1999," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said.
"Moscow expects that India and Pakistan will not allow aggravation of the situation in the region due to the change by Delhi in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We proceed from the fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India," it said.
The statement further said: "We hope that the parties involved will not allow a new aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of the decisions".
Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi on Friday that the Indian government at various levels - have explained its decision and actions on Jammu and Kashmir to several countries and international organisations.
He said contrary to Pakistani claims, the Indian government does not agree that the situation is assuming alarming proportions or even there are problems in bilateral ties with Pakistan.
Mr Kumar said from Pakistani side, they would like to project a 'panic' like situation.
"However, we don't feel that is the case...neither the international community feels that there is a war-like situation that exists,' he said.(UNI)