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Ukraine seeks Pakistan help ahead of PM Khan’s visit to Russia

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ISLAMABAD, FEB 22 (DNA) — Ukrainian envoy to Pakistan Volodymyr Lakomov has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to raise the Ukrainian issue with the Russian president during his visit to Moscow.

Addressing a presser on Tuesday, the Ukrainian envoy appealed to Pakistan to play its role to alleviate the rising tension as a nuclear power.  He asked for Pakistan’s help in case Russia invades the country. He said Russia wants to occupy his country as the latter has deployed its more than 150,000 troops on the Ukrainian border for the last six months.

The envoy was of the view that unrest would spread across the globe if Russia attacks Ukraine. He stressed upon Pakistan to play its part to solve this crisis. He also called upon Russia to respect the international laws and abide by its agreements, while urging Moscow to sort issues with dialogue instead of using force.

Ukraine has been facing foreign military aggression since Feb 20, 2014. The envoy said that his country would not compromise on its sovereignty. The Ukrainian envoy’s comments come a day ahead of PM Khan’s scheduled visit to Russia on the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

The foreign office said in a statement that the premier will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the cabinet. It said that both countries enjoy friendly relations “marked by mutual respect, trust and convergence of views on a range of international and regional issues”. =DNA

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