Pakistani PM Khan meets Putin amid Ukraine invasion | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

Imran Khan expresses ‘remorse’ that the battle was not averted as Russia launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Islamabad, Pakistan – Russian President Vladimir Putin has met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Moscow, as Russian forces continued their invasion of Ukraine, with the latter expressing “remorse” {that a} navy battle was not averted, in keeping with a Pakistani assertion.

Khan met Putin on the Kremlin on Thursday night, each governments mentioned, with the 2 holding a photograph op earlier than going into talks that have been described by Pakistan as “a summit assembly”.

A Russian authorities assertion described PM Khan’s tour of Moscow as a “working go to”.

“The leaders of the 2 international locations mentioned the principle features of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on present regional subjects, together with developments in South Asia,” mentioned the transient assertion from the Russian presidency.

Earlier than the go to, Pakistan’s international workplace mentioned the 2 leaders’ talks would deal with regional developments, Afghanistan, Islamophobia and a serious fuel pipeline deal that Pakistan is in search of to finalise with Russia.

On the battle in Ukraine, PM Khan’s workplace supplied his nation’s first official assertion by saying that Pakistan was not in favour of battle, however avoiding ascribing accountability for the hostilities.

“Prime Minister [Imran Khan] regretted the most recent state of affairs between Russia and Ukraine and mentioned that Pakistan had hoped diplomacy may avert a navy battle,” mentioned the assertion, launched as Russian air and floor forces continued their invasion of Ukrainian territory.

“The Prime Minister burdened that battle was not in anybody’s curiosity, and that the creating international locations have been at all times hit the toughest economically in case of battle.”

The 2 leaders didn’t communicate to the press following their assembly, and Russia supplied no additional statements on the assembly. A Pakistani assertion mentioned the Pakistan Stream fuel pipeline challenge was mentioned, however no agreements seem to have been signed through the go to.

PM Khan additionally met Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, whereas International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held transient talks along with his Russian counterpart, Pakistani statements mentioned.

On Friday, Pakistan’s embassy in Ukraine suggested the estimated 500 Pakistani college students at present stranded in Ukraine to make their strategy to the japanese city of Ternopil, about 360km (224 miles) east of the capital, Kyiv, in order that they could possibly be evacuated.

“All Pakistani college students in Ukraine are suggested to succeed in Ternopil [as soon as possible] for evacuation,” learn a Pakistani international ministry assertion. The assertion mentioned Pakistan’s embassy in Ukraine was at present “absolutely purposeful” in Ternopil.

Public transport and prepare companies have been badly affected by the continuing hostilities in Ukraine.

The nation is residence to roughly 1,500 Pakistani residents, the state-run radio broadcaster Radio Pakistan quoted Pakistani ambassador to Ukraine Noel Israel Khokhar as saying.

Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim.

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