End Terrorism, Moscow Tells Musharraf
7 February 2003
The Times of India
Moscow: Ahead of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's visit to Russia, Moscow has echoed New Delhi's stand on Kashmir issue that Islamabad must end exporting terrorists into India before any meaningful dialogue between the two neighbours could begin. 'The dialogue between the two countries could be resumed, given Pakistan meets its obligations to bar militants from crossing the Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir, and to liquidate terrorist infrastructure,' Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said on Monday. Yakovenko's comments came after Musharraf was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that during his visit beginning Tuesday he would seek Moscow's help in resolving Kashmir issue with India. Musharraf, who is first Pakistani head of state in 30 years to visit Russia, also charged India with 'deliberately obstructing' the solution of Kashmir issue. 'In its bilateral contacts with Pakistan, Russia lays emphasis on the situation in South Asia. In our opinion, normalisation of India-Pakistan relations would meet the interests of these countries, strengthen stability and security in the South Asian subcontinent,' Yakovenko was quoted as saying by government-run RIA Novosti agency. He said Russia intended to interact with Islamabad with the aim of settling all differences and advancing towards mutually advantageous ties in all areas, with no damage involved for the relations with Russia's traditional partners.