Russia defends Pakistan over criticism by Trump

Special Assistant to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Zamir Kabulov has on Thursday criticized US President Donald Trump’s new Pakistan strategy, saying the country has been fighting terrorism since long.

The envoy has insisted that Islamabad is a key regional player to negotiate with.

“Putting pressure (on Pakistan) may seriously destabilize the region-wide security situation and result in negative consequences for Afghanistan,” the Russian presidential envoy to Kabul said.

Earlier China had also defended Pakistan after Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s ‘safe havens’ for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to ‘harbor terrorists’.

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