MOSCOW: India has conveyed concerns to Russia over the recent joint military exercise it conducted with Pakistan, saying that it will create problems.
In an interview to Russian news agency, Indian ambassador to Moscow Pankaj Saran said, “We have conveyed our views to the Russian side that military cooperation with Pakistan is a wrong approach and it will only create further problems”.
The remarks by the Indian diplomat came ahead of a meeting between Indian PM Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin scheduled for Saturday in Goa. Putin will arrive in India on October 14.
Apart from bilateral summit, Putin will attend the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa(BRICS) meet on October 16.
Although, India has been communicating its reservations to Russia over its joint military exercises with Pakistan. However, the Russian side has played it down, maintaining that that they hold similar military drills with other countries of the region as well.
In September, Pakistan and Russia conducted their first-ever joint military exercises from September 24 to October 10.
Codenamed as ‘Friendship 2016’ and with approximately 200 ground troops from either side, the military exercise is viewed by many as a measure to increase bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia.