Russia Snubs Pak Drill Offer

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Moscow: Russian Ambassador A Kadakin: No question of any military exercise with Pak in PoK, Pak requested for it, Russia refused. Russia has refused military exercise in Gilgit & Baltistan.

Russia strongly stands with India in the fight against terror. In apparent fallout of Uri terror attack, Russia has called off its joint military exercise with Pakistan, reported on Monday. Russia’s move is a big diplomatic gain for India as the latter had decided to isolate Pakistan at international level.

 The move comes just a day after 18 soldiers of Indian Army were martyred in a cowardly attack by four highly armed terrorists at an Army camp in Jammu&Kashmir’s Uri district. Earlier, India had urged Russia to reconsider its decision to hold joint military drills with Pakistan. Pakistan and Russia were scheduled to conduct the ‘Druzhba-2016’ tactical exercises from September 24-October 7 in Rattu and Cherat.  The Indian External Affairs Ministry had sent a letter to Kremlin soon after the Islamabad confirmed about excercise. In its letter, India said that Moscow should keep New Delhi’s sensitivity in mind while conducting joint military drills with Pakistan.

In a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, India took the decision to diplomatically isolate Pakistan at every international grouping, reported ANI quoting sources. According to the report, India will adopt the strategy to present all actionable evidence against Pakistan if required at international bodies.

It has also been reported that the Indian Permanent Mission to UN will issue a statement taking on Islamabad soon after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will make his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

 

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