Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee says the world must take serious note of Russia's concerns about the possibility of Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling into wrong hands.
Mr. Vajpayee was referring to comments made by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. Mr. Putin told The Hindu newspaper that there is a danger Pakistan's nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of bandits and terrorists.
Mr. Vajpayee urged all nations to take Mr. Putin's warning seriously. He said if Pakistan's nuclear weapons get into the wrong hands they could pose a dangerous threat to the entire world.
Pakistan insists that its nuclear weapons are well protected.
Mr. Putin is due to arrive in India on Tuesday for talks with the Indian prime minister.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Both nations tested nuclear weapons in 1998.