Pakistan Aims To Boost Ties With Russia
Pakistan Aims To Boost Ties With Russia: Pakistan has warmly congratulated Vladimir Putin who started his new term in office this week for a fourth term as Russia’s President. This has opened another six years of Putin’s ruling the country where he has been in power for almost two decades.
Putin had been friendly to Pakistan for years and Islamabad expressed happiness over his continuity at the Kremlin. Foreign ministry official said that Pakistan had immediately conveyed felicitations to the Russian leader and showed optimism to work with him for a closer relationship.
The recent Ex foreign minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif visit to Moscow on the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation was aimed to provide opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in political, economic, trade and investment, defence, education and cultural fields.
President Putin had refused to condemn the 2016 Uri attack and China also denied support India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership. While China’s response was expected by Pakistan, Russia’s neutrality gave them the boost they wanted as Islamabad took the Kashmir issue to the global powers.
Agreements Signed With Russia
Pak-Russia relationship has been on a positive trajectory. Both the sides have signed defence agreement, held joint military exercises and Russia was investing $2 billion in South-North gas pipeline project.
The relations between the two countries are characterized by mutual trust, commonality of interests, and convergence of views on important regional and global issues.
Peace Mission 2018
Shanghai Cooperation Organization, useful forum for enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation between its member states, “Peace Mission 2018” was being hosted by Russia in September under the SCO agreement on Conducting Joint Anti-Terrorist Military Exercises.
However foreign experts say that in the past Russian tried to come closer to Pakistan but Pakistan preferred the United States.
Pakistan Foreign Policy Approach
Pakistani government has decided to diversify the foreign policy. The foreign policy has changed as Pakistan will not become part of other country’s containment policies, and will adopt a balanced approach. Pakistan will pursue self-interest.
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