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Aggravation in Kashmir: Russia and China did not agree on positions

The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on the situation around the autonomy of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Aggravation in Kashmir: Russia and China did not agree on positions

Aggravation in Kashmir: Russia and China did not agree on positions

The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on the situation around the autonomy of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on the border with Pakistan at the request of China. Beijing is an ally of Islamabad and takes a different position from Moscow, not considering the issue an “internal affair” of India. On the eve of the meeting, the blood of the Indian and Pakistani military spilt on the demarcation line.

UN Security Council meeting on the autonomy of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on the border with Pakistan will be held on Friday, August 16, a few days after India deprived the region of autonomy. The meeting is being held at the request of China and will be closed, representatives of Poland, who currently chairs the Security Council, told the Indian edition of Hindu. 
At the same time, representatives of India and Pakistan will not take part in closed consultations, RIA Novosti was informed in the Permanent Mission of Poland.

The special status that the state lost was to guarantee a certain autonomy to the only Indian region with a predominantly Muslim population.
After the abolition of special status, the state of Jammu and Kashmir became a separate union territory and will now be directly controlled by the federal government. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on August 15 during the celebration of Independence Day that the decision will return the region to its former glory.
Despite the fact that the decision is an internal affair of India, it provoked a tough reaction from Pakistan. Islamabad recalled that Kashmir is a disputed territory due to a long-standing conflict between the countries, and since 1949 the UN mission has been monitoring the demarcation line between India and Pakistan.
On the eve of the discussion of the situation in the UN Security Council, a skirmish occurred on the line of control between India and Pakistan. Three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers were killed, according to the Associated Press.
In Pakistan, they believe that by abolishing the autonomy of the state, the Indian government is trying to "change the demography" of the territory in which Muslims live.
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“The government has found a way to administratively divide the disputed territory. It can dismember any of the Indian states that are properly part of the Indian Union, ”writes Said Nazir Gilani, a columnist for the Pakistani Daily Times.
According to Theodor Karasik, a leading expert at the GSA analytical group in Washington, Pakistan does not want a “demographic shift” in the region and will “discourage Hindus from trying to settle in these places.”
In an interview with Gazeta.Ru, the expert also recalls that there are radical terrorist groups in the state who will try to achieve similar results through violence.
“A confrontation between the parties is very likely,” warns Karasik.
The authoritative international publication Diplomat notes that terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (the organization is banned in Russia) and Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia), may take advantage of the situation of a possible conflict between Pakistan and India
“Extremist groups that have based on the ground can wreak havoc not only in Kashmir but also in the region,” the newspaper writes.
Relations between India and Pakistan - already tense - have deteriorated sharply after the Indian step. Islamabad lowered diplomatic relations with New Delhi and cancelled rail links with this country.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan even compared the actions of India with the actions of Nazi Germany and said that the support of the international community for Modi’s initiative is the same as “Hitler’s support”. He called the situation almost a repetition of the “Munich Agreement” of 1938 when the Nazis dismembered then Czechoslovakia with the connivance of the European powers.
In turn, observers attach importance to the fact that the Security Council meeting on the situation in Kashmir will be held at the request of China. Beijing is Islamabad's main economic and political partner in the region and sees Pakistan as an ally to maintain a balance of power in the region.
After India announced the abolition of the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the official representative of the PRC called this decision "unacceptable." He also said that China would help Pakistan protect “legitimate interests and rights” in the territory. Subsequently, the tone of Chinese diplomacy softened a little, and its representatives said that India should play a "constructive role" in maintaining stability in the region.
The Russian side considers the issue of changing the status of Jammu and Kashmir the "internal affair" of India.
“The Russian side emphasized the need to de-escalate tensions and to have no alternative to resolving the differences between Pakistan and India on a bilateral basis by political and diplomatic means,” the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted RIA Novosti as saying.
As the observer of the Indian edition of The Economic Times notes, while "Russia supports India, China follows the Pakistan line."
It is possible that the difference in approaches between the two countries forced China to ask for a closed meeting so that it would not take out controversial positions in a public field.
As for Washington, the White House, through the mouth of US President Donald Trump, said that India and Pakistan should resolve their disputes themselves. Earlier, Trump expressed his willingness to mediate in the dialogue, but then withdrew his proposal.

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