India dismisses Pakistan's claim about Russia mediation offer
External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay denied Russia had made offers to mediate between India and Pakistan. Photograph: (ANI)
India on Thursday dismissed reports in Pakistani media about Russia's offer to mediate between the two countries to ease the ongoing tension between them.
"No offer of mediation between India and Pakistan was made by Russia to India," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
"It is my understanding that Russia is very well aware of India's consistent position to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an environment free of terrorism and violence," he added.
The Dawn had quoted Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria as saying during a weekly press briefing in Islamabad that the country had recently established high-level contact with Russia and welcomed the Russian president's offer to mediate between India and Pakistan.
Russia has not confirmed the news.
Pakistani media also reported that President Putin offered to mediate between Islamabad and New Delhi during his meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the recently-held Belt and Road Forum
Tensions have been running high between the two Asian neighbours amid a spree of ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltration from the Pakistan side of the Line of Control.
Relations between India and Pakistan have worsened after several terror attacks including one on an Indian military base in Uri in September last year.
The situation between both countries further deteriorated after a Pakistan military court sentenced former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to death.