Fresh Air strikes on LoC: Indian Ambassador to Moscow gives an important message

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Fresh Air strikes on LoC: Indian Ambassador to Moscow gives an important message

MOSCOW - India’s Ambassador to Russia D Bala Venkatesh Varma has revealed Indian future intentions on Line of Control along Pakistan.

He said on Saturday that India is not planning to conduct any fresh air strikes at the Line on Control or inside Pakistan.

"No, we have no [such] plans at the present moment", the ambassador said, answering the relevant question during an interview with Russia-backed Sputnik news agency.

He said the situation is gradually returning to normalcy, adding that, India is not interested in an escalation of the situation.

Referring to Russia’s offer to mediate between Pakistan and India, the envoy asserted that India rejects the idea of engaging mediators to resolve the crisis with Pakistan.

"I need to clarify that there’s been no formal offer of mediation. And even if it is made, we will not accept it,” he stressed.

Amid rising tensions between Pakistan and India, Russian government officials on Thursday said that Moscow is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan to try to calm tensions between the two nuclear powers.

Moscow made the offer after Pakistan said it was considering returning a captured Indian pilot and as US President Donald Trump said American mediation was helping to defuse the crisis.

When asked on Thursday if Russia was ready to help mediate between the two countries, the TASS news agency quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying: “If they want this, then of course.”