Russian envoy to the United Nations (UN) Dmitry Polyanskiy has said his country does not object to the meeting called by Pakistan to discuss India’s move to terminate the special status of occupied Kashmir.
“Moscow doesn’t object to holding such a meeting, but the matter should be discussed behind closed doors,” Polyanskiy said while speaking to reporters.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday, granted Pakistan’s request to discuss India’s decision to repeal the special status of occupied Kashmir on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Russian foreign ministry in a statement highlighted the need to de-escalate the Pakistan-India tensions on the disputed valley, stating that there is no alternative to political and diplomatic means to resolve the disputes.
The statement read, “there is no alternative to resolve differences between Pakistan and India accept bilaterally through political and diplomatic means.”
The statement came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi over the phone.
The situation in the Himalayan region amid worsening relations between Pakistan and India after New Delhi decided to unilaterally change the legal status of Kashmir was discussed by two foreign ministers according to the statement.
In a statement by the Pakistan foreign ministry, Qureshi during his telephonic conversation with Lavrov said the steps taken by India were against the UNSC resolutions on occupied Kashmir and international law.
The foreign minister emphasised that Indian actions leads to grave risks for peace and security, and highlighted the stern hardships faced by the people of occupied Kashmir in the face of unprecedented lockdown.
Qureshi also shared concerns about the increasing repression by Indian security forces and the possibility of a false flag operation, which would further endanger peace and security in the region.
Russia was closely observing the situation and underlined the importance of resolution of all outstanding issues through dialogue and peaceful means, said Lavrov.