Narendra Modi in Russia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin have sent an unprecedented yet the strongest possible message to Pakistan on cross-border terrorism, according to agency report. The stringent message came after PM Modi had held talks with Putin over an array of issues. Notably, the Prime Minister, who is on a four-nation tour, is visiting Russia. This came after tension has escalated between New Delhi and Islamabad following a series of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) by Pakistan. Earlier on May 31, PM Modi and President of the Spanish government Mariano Rajoy had asserted that there should be zero tolerance to terrorism. They also exhorted the international community to end selective or partial approaches in tackling the menace.
Here are key takeaways from the India-Russia statement to Pakistan
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- PM Modi had said India welcomed Russia’s support in the fight against cross-border terrorism.
- A vision document in this regard was released by India and Russia. It was released in St Petersburg.
- The document titled ‘A vision for the 21st century’ says that India and Russia strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism, whether based upon ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic or any other reasons.
- PM Modi said that India and Russia stand together on terrorism and the new challenges to security. The Prime Minister also said that the two countries hold similar views on the issue in whichever form it exists, whether in Afghanistan, the Middle East or Asia-Pacific.
- India and Russia vowed to continue their joint efforts to tackle and curb international terrorism. Both the countries have underlined that the terrorism menace poses a great threat to the global peace and security.
- “We are convinced that the unprecedented spread of this threat requires decisive collective response on part of the entire global community, without double standards and selectivity, in accordance with international law and the UN Charter,” the declaration said.
- India and Russia have called on all countries and entities to work sincerely to disrupt terrorist networks. They also urged the international fraternity to check financing to terror organisations and stop cross-border movement of terrorists. “We call for an early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to strengthen the global counter-terrorism normative and legal framework to combat this scourge,” the statement said.
- “We recognise the necessity to activate bilateral interaction in this sphere on the basis of the Indian-Russian Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Security in the use of Information and Communication Technologies,” the statement said.
- The two countries have underlined that they wanted to remain a role model for harmonious and mutually beneficial partnership and strong friendship between two states. “Building on the shared vision of development of bilateral relations, we will succeed in further realising the immense potential of India-Russia special and privileged strategic partnership for the benefit of our states and international community as a whole,” the statement said.