US informs Islamabad about its position on Russia-Ukraine standoff

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WASHINGTON: The US State Department has said that Washington has informed Islamabad about its position on the Russia-Ukraine standoff.

During a press briefing in Washington over the Russia-Ukraine standoff, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said the Washington has briefed Pakistan on efforts made by Washington to pursue diplomacy over war in Ukraine.

He said the US government is surely aware of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia.

The Spokesperson said that the United States will be willing to engage in diplomacy with Moscow, if it shows de-escalation on Ukraine.

Ned Price said that his county believes that it is the responsibility of every responsible country around the world to voice concern, to voice objection to what Russian President appears to have in mind for Ukraine.

Talking about Pakistan-US relations, the spokesperson stressed that the two countries have a long-standing partnership and strategic cooperation in different fields. The visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Moscow on a prescheduled bilateral visit attained greater significance, as the United States urged him to play his part in averting a “costly” and “destabilizing conflict, following Russia- Ukraine clash. The United States said it has been in touch with Islamabad on the escalating crisis.

PM Imran Khan arrived in Moscow Wednesday to meet President Putin and discuss a range of issues, including economic cooperation. His visit takes place hours after the US and a number of Western nations slapped Russia with new sanctions for its military deployment into parts of eastern Ukraine.

“We’ve communicated to Pakistan our position regarding Russia’s further renewed invasion of Ukraine, and we have briefed them on our efforts to pursue diplomacy over war,” the spokesman said, while underscoring United States’ “longstanding partnership and cooperation” with Pakistan. “We view our partnership with a prosperous, with a democratic Pakistan as critical to U.S. interests.

“And we certainly hope, when it comes to those shared interests – the aversion of a costly conflict, the aversion of a destabilizing conflict, that every country around the world would make that point clearly in unambiguous language in their engagements with the Russian Federation,” Price added.

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