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

NEW DELHI: Russia’s ties with Pakistan should not be a matter of concern for India as Moscow’s relationship with New Delhi is of a “strategic, long-term” nature, the Russian ambassador here said Thursday.

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

Asked if during the summit meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, the Indian side expressed concern over the growing Russia-Pakistan ties, Kudashev answered in the negative.

“What is it to be concerned about. The relationship is very clear. We need a stable Pakistan…As far as I understand, this is also the idea of the Indian side,” he told a select group of journalists. (AGENCIES)