Russia on Friday categorically said that it was not interested in knowing what was happening in Jammu and Kashmir and in a veiled attack, without naming the United States, the Russian envoy to India said that only those nations who “doubt” India’s policies went on a visit to the Valley.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Russia’s ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev said, “I do not feel there is a reason for me to travel. This is an internal matter belonging to the Constitution of India… This is not an issue for Russia. Those who believe that this is an issue, those who are concerned about the situation in Kashmir, those who doubt the Indian policies in Kashmir can travel and see for themselves.”
When asked if the envoy was invited to travel to Kashmir or if he would wish to travel in the future, Kudashev was of the view that the mission would not put in a request to visit Kashmir. Receiving an invitation from MEA was another matter.