December 2019 News
'Not Interested' In Raising Kashmir In UN Security Council: Russian Envoy24 December 2019
New Delhi: Emphasising that the issue of Kashmir should be discussed bilaterally between India and Pakistan, Russia on Wednesday said that it is 'not interested' in raising the matter in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Speaking to ANI, Russian Deputy Ambassador Roman Babushkin said: 'Russia's position is clear and is not changing. We are of the position any issue between India and Russia should be resolved on a bilateral basis, according to Simla agreement and Lahore declaration. We have not interested in the issue into the international platforms including UNSC.' The deputy envoy remarks come days after China put forward a proposal to hold a meeting on the issue of Kashmir in the UNSC. However, the US, France, UK and Russia thwarted Beijing's attempt to convene the meeting. Following India's scrapping of the provisions of Article 370, which give special rights to Jammu and Kashmir in August this year, China and Pakistan are making all efforts to raise the issue internationally. The UNSC had met on Kashmir in August, the first such meeting in decades after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status.