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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. — File Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: Russia has assured India it will not sell any arms to Pakistan, a clarification delivered through the media ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi in November, local reports said on Monday.

“We are always cooperating with India to ensure safety of the region. We never created trouble for India in the region as compared to other countries. If someone says otherwise, spit in his face,” The Hindu quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying on Sunday.

“We don’t do military business with your enemies. We don’t transfer any arms to them,” he told journalists after arriving here on Sunday to co-chair the India-Russia Inter-governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) with India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.

It was a run-up to Mr. Putin’s first visit to South Asia in his third term as Russian President. Separate Indian reports have suggested that Mr Putin postponed a landmark October visit to Pakistan at New Delhi’s behest.

“Mr Rogozin was clearing the air on several high-level engagements with Pakistan in recent times, which has led to talk about a reset in Russia-Pakistan ties,” The Hindu said.

While Mr Putin cancelled his Islamabad visit last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held consultations with the Pakistani leadership. Around the same time, Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Moscow, Indian reports recalled.

The two countries appear to be in a bind over a nuclear plant in India’s southern Kundankulam town. Russia does not want the civil nuclear liability law to apply to the proposed units 3 and 4. India has not applied the law to units 1 and 2.

The exemption is being challenged in the Supreme Court. The first two were constructed under an agreement that predated the 2010 civil liability law.

But India is against exempting units 3 and 4 because this will be seen as discriminating against companies from the US and France.

Comments (45) Closed

Muhammad Omer Khan Oct 16, 2012 05:11am
If Liaqat Ali Khan had not made that decision, this would not be the case
Sahil Javed Oct 16, 2012 05:05am
This is call divide and rule. Lets see if India and Pakistan fall for it yet again.
Ahmed Sultan (India) Oct 17, 2012 05:39am
good one
JPy Oct 16, 2012 07:12am
It is all about economy & business that makes friends and foes. Russia has a lot to lose if it displease India but nothing to lose if it displease Pakistan
Jamil Oct 16, 2012 07:15pm
Whatever, But that's the fact.
Jawad Oct 16, 2012 05:27am
Venom in Indains' minds will never go. Aman ki Asha is a farce.
Gulzar Oct 16, 2012 05:16am
Thanks we don't wany Arms Thanks again.
Rizwan Oct 16, 2012 08:03am
Rizwan Oct 16, 2012 07:58am
Down the drain !
Adil Jadoon Oct 16, 2012 09:08pm
You mean stakes!!!
Cyrus Howell Oct 16, 2012 10:28am
It is just a game played by President Zardari at election time. He looks busy going from one country to the next pretending to make business deals. His castles in the air are not reality.
Neo Oct 17, 2012 08:02am
mate everyone knows who is the culprit in the two.. you need to get your side in order first up..
TaimurChaudhry Oct 16, 2012 03:45am
Aman ki Aasha :)
Virkaul Oct 17, 2012 06:45am
Imraan, You need to understand the difference between friendship between two individuals and two nation states. International politics does not work on emotions, religion or similar factors. It works on national interests and benefits to its people.
Ramesh C Manghirmalani Oct 16, 2012 09:20am
Pakistan has no money to buy any thing , they should educate people instead of sending them to army and isi
Syed Mubeen Oct 16, 2012 04:29am
What else you can expect from an enemy like india. Pakistan should stop dreaming of military cooperation from Russia instead we should seek asmuch economic assistance as possible.
Morad 786 Oct 16, 2012 05:52am
Its all about Dollars, Rupees & Roubles! The best way to get the maximum from all is to play on their fear! Typical western divide and rule principle being applied here!
Pavas Ambashta Oct 16, 2012 05:52am
Does anyone need to prove that!!
Adil Jadoon Oct 16, 2012 09:05pm
Perhaps that is best for us.
Asif Oct 17, 2012 11:54pm
Dont worry about Pakistan. First solve your own problems with India's more than 400 million people living below the poverty line.
janaan Oct 17, 2012 04:25pm
"economic giant" where did this term come from. do you really know the plight of people living in rural india. atleast we don't have shelterless people lying on the sidewalk of cities
dararao Oct 16, 2012 10:31am
Hahaa do you have????? It surprises me alot when people instead of looking into theor own mess, points fingers on others. You should also do something for your 70% poor people rather than buying heaps of weapons.
ram Oct 16, 2012 03:24am
So....India and Pakistan are Enemies in their view Language is perfect and civilised!!! India quoted for friendship ....but Russia know better
abdulazeez Oct 16, 2012 07:31am
@ morab: I am sure u are educated from Dr, zaid hamid college of defence.
Rizwan Oct 16, 2012 07:57am
No I guess not. With narrow minded ppl like you on both sides, it will always remain an established fact.
dr vimal raina Oct 16, 2012 03:51am
they know because they irrigated this plant , nurtured it and ate the fruit too.
Meher Oct 16, 2012 03:51am
At last...officially..India and Pakistan are declared as enemy internationaly..
Neo Oct 17, 2012 07:48am
india is on the path to be a economic giant with the fastest growing index.. get your facts right.
Trustme Oct 16, 2012 08:54am
The attitude of both Russia and USA towards Pakistan should be an eye opener for the Pakistani leadership that needs to wake up and formulate foreign policy keeping in view long-term socioeconomic development of the people, not mere security. Future relation b/w Russia and Pakistan will largely be determined by the foreign policy of India, not the Pakistan one.
morab Oct 16, 2012 03:49am
From USSR to Russia ....It is pak who did it to appease USA . How can they forget that ?
koko Oct 16, 2012 04:01am
pakistan use american doller to buy arms from russia ( it means american tax payer pay to russia)
Abbas Oct 16, 2012 04:13am
Is America doing same thing for Pakistan, Providing all the civilian and nuclear technology to India!!!Wake up Pakistan, Our armed and political leadership is doing the opposite by supporting American designs in disguise. Wake up Pakistani Nation. Stop voting for corrupt or we will be turned into complete slave nation again...
peace lover Oct 16, 2012 04:14am
Not only Russia but you and people like you know better.
Vasu Oct 16, 2012 04:17am
Pakistan is not an enemy of India. Pakistan is a separated sibling, lost in its way and trying hard to find one this world. Helping them to find a purpose, is of critical importance to India. Sometimes, the best way to do that is to give them the space, quiet support when they ask for and just keep a healthy distance. Supporting Pakistan is a must for long term Indian interests. A stable, democratic, educated, prosperous and progressive Pakistan is essential for India's growth. Hopefully the educated population in Pakistan, can find a purpose for their country and people. All the best Pakistan !
Pakistani Oct 16, 2012 06:31am
If Pakistan and India are each other enemies....internationally than why both countries are spending their revenues on friendship agreements.
Virkaul Oct 17, 2012 06:54am
Where does the question of venom arise? Is it not justified for India to ask its friends to block weapons to Pakistan that may be used against India? Had India blocked food or aid to flood or earth quake victims it would have been mean. The Pakistan stopped being India centric, you will see a sea change in its condition.
Raw Agent Oct 16, 2012 03:43am
Mark my words, Putin will never visit Pakistan, they have enormous stacks to look into in India.!!
hyat Oct 16, 2012 03:42am
this is all about our corrupt leadership of pakistan, they dont have guts and self esteem.
Rattan Oct 16, 2012 05:45am
was there any doubt?it is an internationally known fact.however it sounds so blunt when a third party like Russia says the fact upfront.
Ravindra sanap Oct 16, 2012 05:54am
When India and Pakistan were friends ?
rahat Oct 16, 2012 05:58am
Russia quoted as "enemies" for its business. India and Pakistan should make friendship for their business.
Khalid Butt Oct 16, 2012 05:56am
How can you be friends when you fought them on behalf of the US in Afghanistan. Why is our memory so short.
Pavas Ambashta Oct 16, 2012 05:55am
After so many visits by foreign minister, president and and much hyped and historic visit of COAS all that is left for Pakistan is to sing : "dil k arman ansuo men beh gaye!!" ;)
Imraan Mehmood Oct 16, 2012 05:49am
Selfish Russia wants them to remain enemies so it continues selling weapons to India
Rizwan Oct 16, 2012 07:59am
Never ! Thanks to the 'think tanks' like you...