13/08/2022

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Imran held 3-hour assembly with Putin hours sooner than assault on Ukraine

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – According to a Foreign Office statement on Thursday following a meeting between the two leaders in Moscow, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that disputes should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy and expressed regret for the latest situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Prime Minister Imran, who was on an official visit to Russia, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than three hours, just hours after Moscow ordered a full-scale assault on Ukraine, prompting a strong reaction from the West.

Prime Minister Imran was the first foreign dignitary to meet President Putin at the Kremlin following the attack on Ukraine, and the entire world was watching the meeting between the two leaders with bated breath.

Imran’s visit was primarily intended to discuss bilateral ties and regional issues, particularly Afghanistan.

According to a Foreign Office handout, “the prime minister regretted the latest situation between Russia and Ukraine and said that Pakistan had hoped diplomacy could avert a military conflict.”

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