Putin gives ‘clean cheque’ to Pakistan
When you [Pakistan] are thinking about corridors, defence or any cooperation, Russia stands prepared, says Russian president
Kamran Yousaf| April 11, 2021

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Vladimir Putin and Imran Khan pose for a photograph. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


When Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Islamabad final week after a niche of 9 years, he had delivered an “essential” message to the Pakistani management. The message was from President Vladimir Putin.
“I got here with a message from my president that inform Pakistan we’re open for any cooperation, no matter Pakistan wants Russia is prepared for it,” Lavrov was quoted by a senior Pakistani official, who attended the closed door assembly between the Russian international minister and Pakistani authorities, as saying.
“In different phrases, the Russian president supplied us a clean cheque,” stated the official, who requested to not be named due to the sensitivity of the problem.
The official revealed that Putin had conveyed to Pakistan by his high diplomat that Moscow would assist Islamabad in any method. “When you’re thinking about gasoline pipelines, corridors, defence or some other cooperation, Russia stands prepared for it,” the official quoted FM Lavrov as saying when requested what he meant by “clean cheque”.

Pakistan and Russia are already engaged on the North-South gasoline pipeline undertaking. The 2 sides had entered into the settlement in 2015 to put a pipeline from Karachi to Lahore. The undertaking is estimated to value $2 billion.
The work on the pipeline couldn’t kick off due to doable American sanctions. The 2 sides, nonetheless, not too long ago agreed to approve a brand new construction that may pave the best way for the beginning of the work.
Russia can also be eager to revive the Pakistan Metal Mills, which it initially constructed. Equally, Moscow has curiosity in hydroelectric initiatives. Total, Russia is regarded as prepared to make $eight billion funding in numerous areas.
“It’s now as much as us to observe up this profitable go to,” the official stated.

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When requested the potential for Pakistan buying Russian air defence techniques, the official stated he couldn’t speak in regards to the specifics however Russia had proven willingness to increase the cooperation with Pakistan.
On the joint information convention along with his Pakistani counterpart, the Russian international minister had stated Moscow was prepared to produce Pakistan with “particular army tools” to boost its anti-terrorists potential. He, nonetheless, didn’t present additional particulars.
Relations between Pakistan and Russia have undergone transformation lately due to the brand new alignments and strategic realities.
The rapprochement between the previous Chilly Struggle rivals started in 2011 when Pakistan’s relationship with the US hit the all-time low. At the moment, a choice was taken to deliver a strategic shift in Pakistan’s international coverage. The shift envisaged reaching out to Russia as a part of Pakistan’s efforts to diversify its international coverage choices.
The 2 nations initially labored quietly to search out widespread floor. The years-long efforts had resulted within the Russian determination to ship its troops to Pakistan for the primary time in historical past for joint workout routines in 2016. Moscow even overruled the Indian objections over holding joint drills with Pakistan.
Since then, the 2 nations have been usually holding these workout routines and so they need to additional deepen that cooperation.
Pakistan is hoping that Russian President Vladimir Putin would go to the nation, one thing that may full the Pak-Russia ties from being Chilly Struggle foes to pals.
In distinction, Russian ties with as soon as its stable ally India are heading in the other way. The 2 nonetheless have good relationship however the ordinary heat they expressed earlier have been lacking.
It was uncommon that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t give viewers to a visiting Russian international minister. Russia is worried that Indian tilt in the direction of the US would pose risk to its pursuits.
It was due to these causes, Lavrov, each in New Delhi and Islamabad, not directly objected to the grouping of US, India, Japan and Australia.
These developments are bringing nations resembling Russia, China and Pakistan collectively.

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