4 October 2012, 20:31

Russia and Pakistan coordinate positions

Russia and Pakistan coordinate positions

Russia condemns any breach of sovereignty, the country’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the recent Turkish border shelling by Syria. The Minister who was speaking after the meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar also slammed the UN for ignoring Syrian violence, including terrorist attacks.

Apart from Syria, the Ministers talked regional security and bilateral ties.

Syria was on the Ministers’ agenda but no vital statements were expected as Moscow and Pakistan which has a temporary UN Council seat in 2012-13 share a stance on the Syrian conflict. The recent bloody attacks in Aleppo and the border shelling coincided with Lavrov’s visit to Pakistan. The Foreign Minister expressed hope that the incident would be probed and Damascus pledged to do it via Russian diplomats in Syria. However, Lavrov finds it alarming that the UN forgot about other attacks.

"We join the condolences sent to Turkey but we can’t shut eyes on other tragedies in Syria. Some 30 people were killed in Aleppo Wednesday, while the UN hasn’t yet adopted a resolution condemning the Syrian attacks. It’s quite alarming that the Security Council departs from its own principles to condemn any attack wherever it might occur."

Russian and Pakistani Foreign Ministers also talked regional cooperation amid the situation in Afghanistan. Lavrov said that Moscow backs a Pakistani proposed counternarcotics conference while Hina Rabbani Khar spoke about bilateral partnership and a say that Russia has in the region.

Speaking about economy, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister said that all bilateral projects should be carried on, with a special focus on Pakistan’s fuel and energy complex development.

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