Compromise on terror by Pak inadmissible: Russia

Backing India`s position on normalising ties with Pakistan, Russia on Monday said any compromise on terrorism was "inadmissible".

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 00:50 AM IST

New Delhi: Backing India`s position on
normalising ties with Pakistan, Russia on Monday said any
compromise on terrorism was "inadmissible".

"We welcome the position of the two countries to build up
ties and solve some problems together. But we think that
anything that involves compromise is inadmissible when it
comes to terrorism and this is our final position," Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in reply to a question.

He was interacting with reporters after talks with
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to finalise the
programme for the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
to India from December 21-22.

Lavrov said that Russia favoured gradual settlement of
ties between India and Pakistan the presence of both the
countries as observers in multi-lateral bodies like the
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) would help in this
direction.

"Our position is that relations between Delhi and
Islamabad should be settled gradually and this also will
settle one day... I am glad Delhi and Islamabad both are
observers (in SCO) and this will be conducive to settlement,"
he said, speaking through an interpreter.

Lavrov said Russia, along with the international
community, would back Pakistan in its efforts to eradicate
hotbeds of terrorism on its soil, to eradicate terrorism in
the neighbouring countries and to stop infiltration of
terrorism from Pakistan to neighbouring countries.

"We are absolutely supportive of this," he said.

On Russia`s relations with Pakistan, Lavrov said it was
their endeavour to involve its neighbours in collective work
and ensure that they do not end up in isolation.

"We believe our contacts with the Pakistani leadership
are normal because any normal countru will try to deal with
everyone surrounding them and involve them in collective work,
he said.

"The alternative to collective work is isolation and
when isolation comes, you see a deadlock like in Iraq and the
Middle East and we do not want that to happen," Lavrov said.

PTI