Reported by Aveek Sen. He tweets at @aveeksen
In a press briefing yesterday, Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakaria was asked about “Russia offering to Pakistan to mediate between Pakistan and India.” Russia rubbished any such thing through a statement.
Question by Amjad Ali – PTV News: “Reportedly, during his meeting with the Prime Minister on the sidelines of SCO Summit, Russian President, offered mediation between India and Pakistan to resolve issues between the two countries. What is Pakistan’s reaction to an offer from India’s longstanding partner?”
Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakaria’s response: “There is a growing realization and concern among the regional countries and the UN as well on the threat to peace in the region due to Indian unprovoked hostility on the LoC and Working Boundary. Indian attempts to distract the world attention from the brutalities its occupation forces have unleashed on unarmed Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir have endangered peace and security in the Sub-Continent and beyond. Pakistan would welcomes UNSC Permanent Member, Russia’s “reported” attention and intention to play a role in this longstanding issue on the UNSC agenda.”
Indian Foreign Ministry Official Spokesperson’s response to a query regarding alleged mediation offer by Russia
“In response to a query regarding alleged mediation offer by Russia, the Official Spokesperson said that no offer of mediation between India and Pakistan was made by Russia to India. He said that it is his understanding that Russia is very well aware of India’s consistent position to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an environment free of terrorism and violence.”
Comment of the Department of Information and Press of the Russian Ministry of Foreign affairs in Connection with Reports in the Pakistani media
In connection with reports appearing in the Pakistani media regarding the statement of the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan about Russia’s readiness to act as a mediator in the settlement of the Kashmir issue, we would like to emphasize that the Russian position remains principled and unchanged: the differences between Islamabad and New Delhi should be resolved by them on a bilateral basis in accordance with the provisions of the Shimla Agreement of 1972 and Lahore Declaration of 1999.
Like the entire international community, Russia is interested in good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan. This would directly contribute to regional stability and security, and the development of mutually beneficial trade and economic ties.
About the whole incident an informed expert had this to say. Of course a Pakistani lie. Like Pakistan did after Trump-Nawaz phone call. Pakistani officials are clever by half. They think they can get away with misquoting high-level leaders’ conversations & that none would deny.
“If you track PTI reports, you will see US is doing a review of aid to Pakistan review & is under US Congress’ pressure. Islamabad is looking for partners. So planting story on Russian mediation & trying to create a wedge between India & Moscow after a very good summit is clever plan,” he added.