India’s action on Kashmir within the Constitution, says Russia

Aug 10, 2019

Moscow/New Delhi: Backing India on its move to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate J&K, Russia on Friday said the changes were within the framework of the Indian Constitution.

Russia, however, urged India and Pakistan to maintain peace.

”We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said responding to a question during its press briefing on Friday.

Moscow expects that India and Pakistan will not allow aggravation of the situation in the region due to the change by Delhi in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it said.

”Russia is a consistent supporter of the normalization of relations between India and Pakistan.
We hope that the differences between them will be resolved by political and diplomatic means on a bilateral basis in accordance with the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the Lahore Declaration of 1999,” it said.

In response to a question during its press briefing on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said Moscow expects that India and Pakistan “will not allow aggravation of the situation in the region due to the change by New Delhi in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Moscow said that the “change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories has been carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India”.

It hoped that the two sides will “not allow a new aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of the decisions”.

Russia is a consistent supporter of normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan.

“We hope that the differences between them will be resolved by political and diplomatic means on a bilateral basis in accordance with the provisions of the Shimla Agreement of 1972 and the Lahore Declaration of 1999,” the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan has been trying to mobilise the international community against India ever since New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh earlier this week, a move the Government said was aimed at transparency and efficiency in the administration and bring normalcy to the conflict-ridden state.IANS