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Pakistan: Russian Envoy To Try To Ease Kashmir Tensions

Islamabad, 27 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- A Russian envoy is heading to Pakistan in a bid to help calm the tensions between Pakistan and India. The Russian Embassy in Islamabad said Deputy Foreign Minister Anatolii Safanov was expected to arrive in the capital later today. The Russian envoy is expected to extend President Vladimir Putin's weekend offer to host one-on-one talks between Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

International pressure has been increasing on Pakistan and India to pull back from their latest military confrontation over the disputed Kashmir territory. U.S. President George W. Bush has urged Musharraf to "show results" in preventing militants from carrying out terrorist attacks against Indians in Kashmir.

Musharraf is due to deliver a nationwide address later today. He is expected to speak about Kashmir and a series of missile tests that Pakistan has been conducting.