Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he would love to debate with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to resolve issues.
“I would love to debate with Narendra Modi on TV,” Khan told Russia Today in an interview, adding that it would be beneficial for the billion people in the subcontinent if differences could be resolved through debate.
Khan’s interview came on the eve of a visit to Moscow, where he will meet President Vladimir Putin, the first visit by a Pakistani leader to Russia in two decades.
The two-day visit for talks on economic cooperation was planned before the current crisis over Ukraine.
Pertinently, Putin has ordered troops into two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, after recognizing them as independent states, international media reported.
As seen in the footage, viral on social media now, Russian military vehicles move towards the Ukrainian border.
As per the BBC report quoting Russia, the troops would be “peacekeeping” in the breakaway regions, which it has backed since 2014.
But the US said calling them peacekeepers was “nonsense”. It accused Russia of creating a pretext for war. However, Ukraine’s president has said that his country was “not afraid of anything or anyone”.
In a late-night televised address to the nation, President Volodymyr Zelensky called for “clear and effective actions of support” from Ukraine’s international allies.
“It is very important to see now who our real friend and partner is, and who will continue to scare the Russian Federation with words only,” he added.
Several countries, including the UK, are expected to introduce sanctions against Russia in response to the move.
Fears over an invasion have been rising in recent months, as Russia has massed some 150,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders, according to US estimates.
At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield dismissed Russia’s claims that troops would be taking on a “peacekeeping” role, saying: “We know what they really are.”