“Russia Tells Pakistan: India ‘Deserving UNSC Candidate’,” Daily Times, 31 March 2005, http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-3-2005_pg7_45 (from The Acorn).
I blogged before on Russia’s responsible attitudes toward China. Part of the reason is Russia is excellently placed for Asia’s future — Moscow’s Cold-War-Era times to New Delhi should come in useful. The latest good news? Russia support’s India’s quest for a United Nations permanent seat:
Russia told Pakistan on Wednesday that India was a â€œdeserving candidateâ€ for an expanded UN Security Council seat, PTI reported. Pakistan President Pervez Musharrafâ€™s special envoy Riaz Khokhar was told this when he called on Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov, PTI said. Khokhar met Saltanov to convey President Musharrafâ€™s personal message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The conversation focussed mainly on international and regional issues. â€œIn the context of a upcoming UN reforms the Russian side affirmed the well-known consistent and principled position of Russia on expanding the UN Security Council membership. Moscow sees India as a deserving candidate,â€ said Russian sources, reiterating Putinâ€™s statement in December last that Russia would back a permanent UNSC berth for India. However, Saltanov called for a consensus on UNSC reforms.
The Acorn adds his thoughts
Moreover, by leaking news of what was supposed to be a â€™secret meetingâ€™ the Russians did not lose the opportunity to score points in New Delhi.