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Putin rejects Indian concerns of Pak Russia ties

Discharging  Indian concerns over growing Russia-Pakistan relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told an Indian journalist that while his country had a “deep cooperation” with India, that could not rule out relations  with other countries.

Speaking to the Press Trust of India, Putin reportedly assured the Indian state-run news agency that Russia’s relations with Pakistan will have “no impact on trade between India and Russia.”

Putin assured that Russia has close relations with India on every issue regarding Economics, defense and cultural aspects.

He added, however, that this “special relationship” between the two countries should not be a restriction on forming contracts with other “partnering countries.”

“This is ridiculous,” Putin was reported to have said.

When Putin was questioned about Kashmir,he refused to take side of any country. He said that he would not give any arguments about involvement of Pakistan in terrorism activities.

While promising Russian support to India, the Russian president was also reported to have said: “I believe Pakistan is taking immense steps to stabilize the situation in the country.”

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