Russia ‘fully understands’ Kashmir is India’s internal matter

Russia ‘fully understands’ Kashmir is India’s internal matter

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Moscow, Aug 28: External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Wednesday said that in his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov he saw Moscow's "full understanding" that the revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter of India.

"I took the opportunity of my visit also to brief the foreign minister about recent legislative changes which have happened in respect of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in India. And, I think, on this matter I definitely saw full understanding on the part of Russia that this was an internal matter and that our issues with Pakistan should be discussed bilaterally," Jaishankar told a press conference after talks with Lavrov.

The two ministers discussed efforts by Russia, Iran, India to create the international North–South Transport Corridor.

"We have discussed a number of concrete matters, including the need to boost efforts between Russia, India and Iran to create the International North–South Transport Corridor. The relevant agencies continue detailed discussion on the issue," said Lavrov.

Lavrov also said India and the Eurasian Economic Union are ready to negotiate Free Trade Area Agreement.

"To date, all the necessary procedures have been completed to start official negotiations to conclude an agreement between the EEU and India on the creation of a free trade area. The early launch of the relevant negotiation process will be an important step on the path for cooperation between India and the EAEU," he said.

The EAEU, comprising Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, is an international political and economic bloc that encourages regional economic integration through the free movement of goods, services, and people within the union. (UNI)