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Russia to discuss nuclear black marketing with Pak

Russia wants to discuss Pak's proliferation of nuclear weapons at the Russian-Pakistani joint working group on anti-terror combat.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2004 14:20 IST
Vinay Shukla (PTI)
Vinay Shukla (PTI)

Russia has said that proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear black market, especially Pakistan's, would be one of the issues to be discussed next week at the third session of Russian-Pakistani joint working group on anti-terror combat.

"Pakistani nuclear proliferation has to be viewed from the perspective of new global threats and challenges and this issue will certainly figure in the talks," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Safonov told PTI, referring to the recently unearthed nuclear technology trading network of A Q Khan.

Safonov -- Russia's pointman on combating new global threats, who also co-chairs US-Russian sub-group on weapons of mass destruction -- is reaching Islamabad on Sunday for the bilateral talks.

He indicated that Moscow and Washington had been exchanging notes on the illegal nuclear proliferation from Pakistani soil and possibility of nuclear technology falling into terrorist hands.

The Russian minister is taking a high-level inter-departmental delegation to Pakistan to discuss a wide range of issues including the fight against terror outfits on Pakistani soil, al-Qaeda and remnants of Taliban, financing of terrorists, narcotic trade, and overall situation in Afghanistan. More

First Published: Feb 20, 2004 13:05 IST