Pak nuclear security a concern for int community: Russia

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Moscow, Dec 29 (UNI) Stressing that the situation in Pakistan may have dangerous consequences, Russia today warned that the Islamic nation's nuclear security is a concern for the entire international community.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov said during a visit to the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow, ''The recent events in Pakistan made its nuclear security a concern for the international community, including Russia.'' Mr Losyukov signed, on behalf of Russia, the book of condolences over the death of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

''Pakistan is a nuclear power. Naturally, the current instability concerns the international community, including Russia,''he said.

He noted the Bhutto killing was a destabilising factor that may have very serious consequences for Pakistan and the whole region.

''These events and their consequences are very dangerous, bearing in mind the January 8 elections,'' he said.

''We hope the government of Pakistan will take control of the situation and ensure national development by democratic standards,'' Mr Losyukov said.

In a similar statement, the official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Kamynin said today the uncontrollable situation in nuclear-armed Pakistan, with extremists fighting for power, may have unpredictable consequences for the whole region.

''Concerning the domestic political situation in Pakistan, we should also take into consideration, that extremist forces are actively fighting for power there, and one should not forget that Pakistan is a nuclear country,'' Interfax news agency quoted Mr Kamynin as saying.

''So, any uncontrolled developments can lead to unpredictable consequences both for Pakistan and the region,''he said.

UNI

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