Issue Brief on “Re-shift in Russian Policy Towards Pakistan: Balancing the Unbalanced”

The cold war grievances of Russia and Pakistan have come to a halt and both the countries are actively strengthening their economic, military and diplomatic ties. The revival of this cooperation began in 2014 when Moscow lifted its arms embargo against Islamabad, which was followed by a series of meetings and signature of a military pact as well. Russia has also been supporting Pakistan diplomatically. As part of bolstering bilateral ties, Islamabad and Moscow are also cooperating in the energy and agriculture sectors.  Along with the growing warmth towards Pakistan, it can also be noticed that Russia is also keen on developing its bilateral relations with Pakistan.

On July 10, 2015, Prime Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the SCO Summit said that “We want a multi-dimensional relationship with Russia in the fields of trade, defense, energy, infrastructure, culture and other spheres.”[1]

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