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India, Russia Slam Cross-border Terror; Call for Action Without 'Double Standards'

In a joint statementm, the two sides condemned all kinds of state support to terrorists, including cross-border terrorism, and providing safe havens to terrorists and their network.

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Updated:October 5, 2018, 6:07 PM IST
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India, Russia Slam Cross-border Terror; Call for Action Without 'Double Standards'
Putin, along with PM Modi, held the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit in New Delhi.
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New Delhi: India and Russia Friday condemned cross-border terrorism and providing safe havens to terrorists as they called for a "decisive" response to the menace of international terrorism without any "double standards".

India has been accusing Pakistan of indulging in cross-border terrorism and giving support to groups operating from its soil to target neighbouring countries.

In a joint statement issued after the 19th India-Russia annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two countries agreed to "converge their efforts" to eradicate terrorist networks, their sources of financing, arms and fighters' supply channels, to counter terrorist ideology, propaganda and recruitment.

The strong statement denouncing cross-border terrorism assumes significance in the wake of India's long-standing ally Russia warming up to Pakistan recently.

"The sides denounced terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterated the need to combat international terrorism with decisive and collective response without any double standards," said the statement titled 'India-Russia: an Enduring Partnership in a Changing World'.

"Our two countries have common interests in cooperating on countering terrorism," Modi said during his joint press statement with Putin.

On his part, Putin said the two countries have agreed to step up cooperation in combating the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking.

The two sides condemned all kinds of state support to terrorists, including cross border terrorism, and providing safe havens to terrorists and their network, the statement said.

Recognising the importance of adopting the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, pending in the United Nations, to become part of the international law, both sides called upon the international community to make sincere efforts towards its early conclusion, it said.

To address the threats of chemical and biological terrorism, the two countries supported and emphasised the need for launching multilateral negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament on an international convention for the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism.

At the bilateral summit, India and Russia also declared their support to Afghan government's efforts towards the realisation of an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned national peace reconciliation process.

"Concerned with the unabated violence and severely undermined security situation in Afghanistan and its adverse effect on the region, the sides resolved to work through the Moscow Format, SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan, and all other recognised formats for an early resolution to the long-term conflict in Afghanistan, end terrorist violence, external safe havens and sanctuaries for terrorists and the worsening drug problem in the country," the statement said.

The joint statement also talked about special attention to be paid to the issues of security and stability, including combating terrorism, illegal drug-trafficking and organised crime, thereby increasing effectiveness of cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure.

Russia welcomed the participation of India in the counter-terror military exercise "Peace Mission -- 2018", the statement said.
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