New Delhi: An upset Russia said the issue of Sistema telecom was not “judicial” but “political”, maintaining that the cancellation of the firm’s 2G licence was “not fair” to which India asserted that it was “sensitive” to their concern and hoped the issue will be addressed.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid hoped that when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet with President Vladimir Putin, India would have “adequate answers”, if the issue was raised, that would bring comfort.
Addressing a press conference here, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin said, “Very active talks are being held between Sistema and the concerned Indian Ministries. I hope it is resolved. There is no problem that is unresolvable in Russia-India relations.” He also said, “And for us it is not a judicial matter. No, I am very much against this.
This is a political issue for Russia because we have an agreement that safeguards each others’ investments.” When asked about Kadakin’s remarks, Khurshid said, “I could be critical as well. But it will not help. We are bound by the judgements of the courts and because of the difficulties that we felt understanding the law, we preferred an advisory opinion.”