The cold war is over: PM Imran Khan mulls arms deal with Russia
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that putting an end to cold war, Pakistan has been mulling an arms deal with Russia.
PM Imran Khan revealed that he was looking forward to develop military relations with Russia in an interview with Sputnik.
Pakistan is looking to obtain weapons from Russia and improve military-to-military relations. Imran Khan told how he felt very content that Pakistan was moving closure to Russia in the ‘changing’ world.
“Yes, we are looking for arms from Russia, and I know our military is already in touch with the Russian military” – said PM on Thursday.
Hours after that statement, PM Imran Khan held a meeting with Vladimir Putin (Russia’s President) during a dinner that was hosted by president of Kyrgyztan. The dinner was in honor of heads of SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization).
Imran Khan and Putin shook hands and inquired well-being of one another during the dinner that Sooronbay Jeenbekov (Kyrgyzstan President) held. For years, Pakistan has heavily relied on Chinese and Western deliveries but during this time, its attention and interest in Russian weapons has accelerated.
Pakistan is looking for fighter jets as part of the said arms deal:
Recent reports suggest that Pakistan is looking for attack helicopters and fighter jets, this also includes Mi-35M and Sukhoi Su-35. Many Pakistani troops have trained at Russian camps and also taken part in their war games.
“While both countries were in “opposite camps” during the Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979-1989), times have changed, and “I am very happy that we now are moving closer to Russia” – said Pakistan’s PM when asked about Pak-Russia ties.
“The power centres are changing, or there are different power centres growing. And so we hope that in this new world order our relationship with Russia keeps improving.” – he further added.
As per the PM, the world is constantly changing and is not what it used to be. This also has an effect on bilateral relations. He also said that Islamabad used to first look at United States as its only trading partner, but now China, with its projects, is also considered a partner.
Islamabad used to “look to the United States as the only ally and trading partner.” But now China, with its Belt and Road Initiative, is increasingly shifting into the focus of interest as well, the prime minister said.
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