Pakistan–Russia relations - Wikipedia
Strange how time, and Afghanistan, continue to dictate the direction of Pakistan- Russia relations. Time was, long, long ago, when General. Pakistan–Russia relations or Russo-Pakistani relations refers to the bilateral, historical, cultural, and international relations between the Islamic Republic of. Although the Russia-Pakistan alignment was widely expected to unravel due to Moscow's close relationship with India and historical mistrust.
This is a historic first, given Pakistani reliance on American military equipments for over six decades. The first Russia-Pakistan counter-narcotics exercise was held in October followed by a second exercise in December The first-ever Russia-Pakistan joint military exercise was held in the Pakistani province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in September The only concession that India received from Russia was a change in the venue: The special forces of Russia and Pakistan conducted a two-week joint counter-terrorism exercise in September-October Asserting that Russia's 'trust-based' relations with India would not be diluted by Moscow's growing ties with Islamabad, President Vladimir Putin told in an interview in June that there is no other country in the world, other than India, with which Russia has such deep cooperation in delicate areas including missile technology.
But Putin also sidestepped a question on Kashmir, saying it was up to India to assess whether Pakistan was fuelling terrorism in Kashmir.
Pakistan, Russia Sign Rare Military Cooperation Pact
Pakistan provides a potential market for Russian weapons which is a huge incentive for Moscow as Russian economy is heavily dependent on arms exports. At present, the amount of Russian military equipment supplied to Pakistan is still very small and Islamabad does not have the financial wherewithal to make big-ticket purchases from Moscow. Pakistan's bloated military is not only unsustainable but it also presently lacks the resources to invest financially for purchase of highly advanced military systems for future.
But given an obsessive anti-India strand in Pakistan's strategic culture, Pakistan's military establishment can be expected to indulge in any economic adventurism. Negotiations for the purchase of Russian Su fighter jets are in their early stages, and Pakistan has already expressed its desire to acquire T tanks from Russia as part of a long-term deal.
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Russia and Pakistan continue to work closely in Afghanistan to challenge the US and, this effectively translates into supporting the Afghan Taliban with greater vigour. Recently, the intelligence agencies of Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan held an important meeting in Islamabad to discuss measures against the threat of the Islamic State IS terrorists in Afghanistan.
But what is really disturbing is that neither Afghanistan nor India was part of this discussion. What prevented Russia from holding the meeting under the banner of the SCO? The US has sought to expand its relations with India as there has been a convergence of interests between the two on many issues. New Delhi has also been keen to deepen its strategic partnership with Washington. But despite American efforts to convince India not to make defence deals with Russia, the Modi government has decided to go ahead with its purchase of the Russian-made S advanced air defence system, and the deal is expected to be announced before an annual summit between Modi and Putin.
If India has to break the current stagnation in its ties with Russia, Moscow must also do the same. Khan called on the U. He also emphasized the "revitalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries and stressed the need to transform it for the benefit of both Pakistan and the United States.
It's our very valuable partner of tackling such challenges and threats as terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, etc. Our countries face similar challenges and threats to national security," said Russian ambassador Dedov, while speaking at a seminar in Islamabad. Russia is determined, he said, to give "practical assistance" to strengthen Pakistan's counterterrorism efforts.
Russia and Pakistan both have openly expressed concerns over the emergence of Islamic State's Afghan branch, known as ISK-P, in "ungoverned spaces" of the war-shattered country. Former Pakistani army general Yasin Malik said Afghanistan remains at the center of growing cooperation with Russia. Very serious efforts are there to jointly meet the challenge of IS in Afghanistan. I think that will be the hallmark of cooperation in security and military between Russia and Pakistan," Malik noted.
There are also growing allegations that Moscow and Islamabad — under the pretext of fighting IS — are providing covert military support to the Taliban. Photo courtesy of IPRI Russia and Pakistan insist their ties with the Taliban are meant solely to encourage the insurgents to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government to help end the conflict and deter terrorists from using the country for international terrorism.
Pakistan, Russia Sign Rare Military Cooperation Pact
Dedov noted that last month, the chief of Russia's external intelligence agency also visited Pakistan to participate in a four-nation meeting, with Chinese and Iranian spymasters in attendance. The rare meeting, officials said, focused on the buildup of IS in turmoil-hit Afghanistan.
The Russian ambassador credited improved relations with Pakistan to regular exchanges of high-level civilian and military delegations between Pakistani and Russia. Moscow also is working to help Pakistan build an 1,kilometer gas pipeline linking Karachi to Lahore.
Dedov, while delivering last week's lecture at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute IPRIdid not rule out nuclear cooperation with Pakistan for peaceful purposes, saying, "We do not see obstacles in this matter.