Russian envoy backs India on Kashmir issue

Russian envoy backs India on Kashmir issue

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Close on the heels of France, UK, Russia, the US , Russia too have endorsed India’s line on Kashmir issue while China has sided with its all-weather ally Pakistan. Delivering a blow to Pakistan on Kashmir issue, Russia on Wednesday said that Kashmir was an internal matter and needs to be resolved bilaterally. “This is the sovereign decision of Indian government, it’s an internal matter of India. All issues existing between India & Pakistan should be resolved through dialogue on the basis of Shimla agreement & Lahore declaration,” Nikolay Kudashev, Russian envoy to India said.

Russian envoy’s opinion came in the backdrop of Pakistan’s continuous isolation among International power. In United Nations also global powers such as UK, Russia, US and France had supported Indian views on Kashmir. The recent meeting of Indian PM Modi with US President Donald Trump also hailed Kashmir problem is strictly as a bilateral issue. Earlier, Roman Babushkin, deputy chief of Russian embassy in India reiterated that Russia had no role to play in the issue.

“During the closed-door event at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), we reiterated that Kashmir is an internal issue of India.”The Russian elaboration comes after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met his counterpart Nikolai Patrushev, the right hand man of president V Putin. It also comes right ahead of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s meeting on Wednesday with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov.