Pakistan’s quiet attempt to lobby against India’s UNSC candidature fails
General Musharraf’s special envoy only got as far as Alexander Saltanov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister. Quite obviously, Musharraf did not send a foreign office veteran all the way to Moscow to hold general discussions on ‘mainly international and regional issues’. The real motive was to seek Russia’s support for Pakistan’s attempt to block attempt to get a permanent seat on the expanded UN Security Council. There, the Pakistani envoy drew a blank.â€œ
In 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. [DT]
Moreover, by leaking news of what was supposed to be a ‘secret meeting’ the Russians did not lose the opportunity to score points in New Delhi.