Pakistan–Russia relations [4 of 5]

In 2012, Russia and Pakistan covertly developed geopolitical and strategic relations behind the scenes. These have mainly centered on world politics.
And as the NATO-led ISAF and the US Forces in Afghanistan plan to leave Afghanistan in 2014, the Russian Federation has come to the conclusion that Pakistan is a crucial player in Afghanistan and that:
As NATO withdraws, it becomes all the more important and urgent for Moscow to seek some sort of modus vivendi with Islamabad.
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GIVING NEW DIMENSIONS TO PAK-RUSSIA COLLABORATION

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ECONOMIC AND GEOPOLITICAL CONVERGENCE

In 1990, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan sent fare well message to Moscow to set up the economic coordination between two countries. [38] In 1991, then Benazir Bhutto drove the high-level economic delegation to Central Asia and Russia after the collapse of Soviet Union. [38]

Senior military officials and Defence Attaché of Pakistan and Russia, jointly working together at the communications tent at the Nigerian Air Force Base.

In 2003, the bilateral trade between Russia and Pakistan reached to 92 million US dollar, which increased to 411.4 million in 2006. [16] The bilateral trade between each country reached to 630 million in 2008 and ~400 million in 2009. [16] In the following year, both countries established the “Russian–Pakistan Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation to cooperation in science and technology and education”. [16]

In 2011, Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Vladimir Putin held afrank discussion in the cordial atmosphere of the tenth Heads of Government meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. [39] Russia is currently financing the mega energy project, CASA-1000, transmitting the power generation from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan. Russia has provided 500Mn US dollars for the CASA-1000 for this power transmission project. [39]

In 2011, both countries have initiated the work on the framework of the proposed Free Trade Agreement and currency swap arrangement to boost bilateral trade and further strengthen their economic ties. [39]

In 2012, Russia and Pakistan have covertly developed geopolitical and strategic relations behind the scenes. As Stephen Blank of the Strategic Studies Institute maintains. [39] These have centred on world politics for the last two years, and as the NATO-led ISAF and the US Forces in Afghanistan, plan to leave Afghanistan in 2014, the Russian Federation has came to the conclusion that Pakistan is a crucial player in Afghanistan and that, as NATO withdraws, it becomes all the more important and urgent for Moscow to seek some sort of modus vivendi with Islamabad. [39]

CULTURAL RELATIONS

The world’s first bilingual Urdu-Russian dictionary was compiled and launched by Pakistan-based Russian scholar Dr. Tashmirza Khalmirzaev in 2012 at a ceremony in Islamabad. Khalmirzaev said the dictionary aimed to “help speakers of both languages come closer.” He also added that a new era was dawning in Pakistan’s relationship with Russia and other Central Asian states and encouraged the government of Pakistan to continue work in promoting the Urdu language in Russia and Central Asia. [40]

IDEOLOGICAL RELATIONS

On 13 January 2013, in a gallop poll in seven countries managed by the Washington Post, to see whether the people of those seven countries prefer democratic government or one with a “strong” leader, [41] most Russians and the Pakistanis voted that “they prefer a “strong ruler” over democracy.[41]

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