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Marriage of convenience

SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-Raheel

Army chief General Raheel Sharif arrived in Moscow on a three-day official visit to Russia against the backdrop of realignments taking place in the region. This visit was of utmost significance regarding emerging regional scenarios especially after CPEC. It was an effort to open up a new chapter in relations. Historically, the former Soviet Union always took initiatives to pursue friendly ties with Pakistan, but the latter failed to come up to its expectations and relations remained estranged during the Cold War. Since the signing of a bilateral defence cooperation agreement between Pakistan and Russia in November 2014, there have been efforts on both sides to bring the historical antipathy to an end. A deal for the purchase of Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters by Pakistan is in the final stages. Russia and Pakistan had been bitter Cold War rivals, and the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 was probably the nadir. The subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, which was dissolved in December 1991, had consequences that are still being worked through; and an improvement in relations between Pakistan and Russia must be seen as a part of that process.Russia has traditionally been an ally of India, and did much to equip the Indian military for many years. India’s indigenous capacity for arms production has increased, and a shift away from the Russian orbit by India is in part driven by its own changing relationship with the US. It is now in the interests of The Bear in Moscow to improve ties with Islamabad, and this current meeting of military minds and the servicing of military needs should be seen in this light.

On the other hand Pakistan also need the Russia to replace US as Over the years, Pakistan’s growing mistrust of the US has forced it to look for other partners in the region. Pakistan has a bad experience regarding the purchase of F-16 aircraft from the US that has always played the role of a fair-weather friend. In the emerging scenario, states are changing their priorities and realignments are in progress in the region. After the US pullout from Afghanistan, the vacuum can only be filled by regional powers such as Russia and China to maintain regional stability. With its strong friendly relations with China, Pakistan needs to join hands with Russia in this new era, the latter having reiterated its support to Pakistan against terrorism. The COAS’s visit could be a turning point. 

pakistan.shafaqna.com

 

 

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