Russia’s message for Pak: Multilateral fora should not be utilised for bilateral matters

Russia is frustrated with Pakistani antics at SCO and has in a clear message asserted that the multilateral fora should not be utilised to settle bilateral disputes.

“Russian has long held its principled position on not using any multilateral fora for bilateral disputes,” Roman Babushkin, Russia’s deputy ambassador to India, told ET. “SCO is a multilateral grouping and does not promote bilateral agenda. We will be encouraged to see constructive involvement of all participants, seeking promotion of a unified agenda and dialogue in the region.”

Babushkin noted that the incident has taken Moscow by surprise and Russia as the current chair of SCO is probing the matter. The diplomat recalled that while his government was satisfied that both India and China utilised Moscow format to reach an understanding on boundary dispute, Russia did not interfere in the Sino-India episode.

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