Growing Pak-Russia relations

IN the face of fast changing geo-political changes, new alliances are taking shape. Once considered as adversaries are warming up to collectively address the challenges. Over the last few years, one has seen a paradigm shift in relationships and convergence between Pakistan and Russia.
The two countries are especially building strong relations in the realm of defence. In October last year, the two countries held their first-ever joint military exercise in Pakistan while a two-week long joint exercise named DRUZBA (friendship) 2017 between the special forces of both countries kicked off in Minralney Vody Russia on Monday. The joint exercise would focus on counter terrorism operations, hostage and rescue, cordon and search operations. We expect that the joint exercises will help both the countries to share their experiences and tackle the scourge of terrorism. In the realm of defence cooperation, both the countries can prove to be reliable allies. Russia’s technological expertise, advanced weapons systems and experience in terms of conventional war can prove to be highly beneficial for Pakistan. Likewise, Russia deems Pakistan’s experience in fighting militancy, insurgency and terrorism to be very important and the recent joint military exercise validates it. Moreover, Pakistani scientists, engineers and technicians can be trained in Russia and prove to be mutually beneficial. Both the countries also appear to be on the same page on the Afghanistan issue as they have been calling for political solution to the long running conflict. The two countries need to engage more closely with each other and with Afghan government in order to take the matters towards improvement in the war-torn country. Over and above, we also expect the relations between the two countries would not remain confined to security and defence matters but more attention should be given to economic relations. Russia has already expressed desire of signing FTA with Pakistan and its joining of the CPEC indeed will open new vistas of opportunities for both the countries to take forward their relations on a strong footing.

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