Source: News Bharati English12 Oct 2016 16:36:49
Moscow, October 12: India has openly expressed concerns to Russia over the recent joint military exercise it conducted with Pakistan. Alliance with a nation like Pakistan that supports terrorism will lead to uncertain problems in future.
Indian ambassador to Moscow Pankaj Saran said, "We have conveyed our views to the Russian side that military cooperation with Pakistan is a wrong approach and it will only create further problems". India has been trying to gain support across the globe to isolate Islamabad in the wake of the Uri base attack.
These remarks by the Indian diplomat came after a meeting between Indian PM Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin scheduled for Saturday in Goa. Apart from bilateral summit, Putin will attend the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) meet on October 16.
India has been trying to communicate its reservations to Russia over its joint military exercises with Pakistan since long time. However, the Russian side has played it down, maintaining that that they hold similar military drills with other countries of the region as well.
Codenamed as ‘Friendship 2016’ and with approximately 200 ground troops from both side; the military exercise aims to increase bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia. Russia's-Pakistan military exercise in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region in September came days after the Uri attack in which Pakistani terrorists killed 19 Indian soldiers.