Russia says only shutting of terror havens in Pak can lead to Afghan peace

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Moscow, Mar.25 (ANI): Joining the international community's concern over the increasing extremism in Pakistan and its precarious political situation, Russia has said that peace can not be established in Afghanistan until Pakistan is stabilized.

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Sergei Ivanov said that Moscow is 'very much concerned' about the security of Pakistan's nuclear armaments.

Ivanov expressed concern over the turbulent situation along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border saying: "It's obvious to anybody that the Pakistani-Afghan border is a safe haven for terrorists, for the Taliban."

He said that the militants are utilizing Pakistan's soil as their base for carrying out operations in Afghanistan.

"They hit and run back to Pakistan. So you have to deal with both. Both are very unstable," The News quote Ivanov, as saying.

He said that in the present scenario where every country was aiming to acquire nuclear power, there was an immediate need for a revamped strategy in this context.

Ivanov added that Russia is ready to work with the United States to chalk out an effective nuclear non-proliferation program.

"We obviously see that the present system of missile nonproliferation doesn't work," he said. (ANI)

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