Russia condemns Uri attack, cancels joint military drills with Pakistan

Moscow/New Delhi: Calling off the joint military drills with Pakistan, Russia on Monday condemned the terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir saying that it is "concerned about the fact that, according to New Delhi, the army base was attacked from Pakistani territory".

In a statement, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the "criminal act" should be investigated properly and that "its organisers and perpetrators be held accountable".

"We strongly condemn the terrorist attack against an army base in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri in the early hours of September 18, which killed 17 and injured 30 service personnel. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a rapid recovery to all those injured," the statement said, according to the Russian Embassy in Delhi. 

"Regarding the Pathankot Indian air base attack in January 2016, we are very concerned about the terrorist attacks near the Line of Control. We are also concerned about the fact that, according to New Delhi, the army base near Uri was attacked from Pakistani territory.

"We believe that this criminal act will be investigated properly, and that its organisers and perpetrators will be held accountable.

"We confirm our continued support for the Indian government's counterterrorism efforts," it said. IANS