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Putin offers ‘blank cheque’ to Pakistan
If you [Pakistan] are interested in corridors, defence or any cooperation, Russia stands ready, says Russian president
Kamran Yousaf| April 11, 2021

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

ISLAMABAD:

When Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Islamabad last week after a gap of nine years, he had delivered an "important" message to the Pakistani leadership. The message was from President Vladimir Putin.
"I came with a message from my president that tell Pakistan we are open for any cooperation, whatever Pakistan needs Russia is ready for it," Lavrov was quoted by a senior Pakistani official, who attended the closed door meeting between the Russian foreign minister and Pakistani authorities, as saying.
"In other words, the Russian president offered us a blank cheque," said the official, who requested not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The official revealed that Putin had conveyed to Pakistan through his top diplomat that Moscow would help Islamabad in any manner. "If you're interested in gas pipelines, corridors, defence or any other cooperation, Russia stands ready for it," the official quoted FM Lavrov as saying when asked what he meant by "blank cheque".

Pakistan and Russia are already working on the North-South gas pipeline project. The two sides had entered into the agreement in 2015 to lay a pipeline from Karachi to Lahore. The project is estimated to cost $2 billion.
The work on the pipeline could not kick off because of possible American sanctions. The two sides, however, recently agreed to approve a new structure that would pave the way for the start of the work.
Russia is also keen to revive the Pakistan Steel Mills, which it originally built. Similarly, Moscow has interest in hydroelectric projects. Overall, Russia is thought to be willing to make $8 billion investment in different areas.
"It is now up to us to follow up this successful visit," the official said.
russian fm is being received by his pakistani counterpart upon arriving at the foreign office photo twitter smqureshipti

When asked the possibility of Pakistan acquiring Russian air defence systems, the official said he could not talk about the specifics but Russia had shown willingness to expand the cooperation with Pakistan.
At the joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart, the Russian foreign minister had said Moscow was ready to supply Pakistan with "special military equipment" to enhance its anti-terrorists potential. He, however, did not provide further details.
Relations between Pakistan and Russia have undergone transformation in recent years thanks to the new alignments and strategic realities.
The rapprochement between the former Cold War rivals began in 2011 when Pakistan's relationship with the US hit the rock bottom. At that time, a decision was taken to bring a strategic shift in Pakistan’s foreign policy. The shift envisaged reaching out to Russia as part of Pakistan’s efforts to diversify its foreign policy options.
The two countries initially worked quietly to find common ground. The years-long efforts had resulted in the Russian decision to send its troops to Pakistan for the first time in history for joint exercises in 2016. Moscow even overruled the Indian objections over holding joint drills with Pakistan.
Since then, the two countries have been regularly holding these exercises and they are looking to further deepen that cooperation.
Pakistan is hoping that Russian President Vladimir Putin would visit the country, something that would complete the Pak-Russia ties from being Cold War foes to friends.
In contrast, Russian ties with once its solid ally India are heading in the opposite direction. The two still have good relationship but the usual warmth they expressed earlier have been missing.
It was rare that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not give audience to a visiting Russian foreign minister. Russia is concerned that Indian tilt towards the US would pose threat to its interests.
It was because of these reasons, Lavrov, both in New Delhi and Islamabad, indirectly objected to the grouping of US, India, Japan and Australia.
These developments are bringing countries such as Russia, China and Pakistan together.
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Putin offers ‘blank cheque’ to Pakistan
If you [Pakistan] are interested in corridors, defence or any cooperation, Russia stands ready, says Russian president
Kamran Yousaf| April 11, 2021

vladimir putin and imran khan pose for a photo photo afp file

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

ISLAMABAD:

When Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Islamabad last week after a gap of nine years, he had delivered an "important" message to the Pakistani leadership. The message was from President Vladimir Putin.
"I came with a message from my president that tell Pakistan we are open for any cooperation, whatever Pakistan needs Russia is ready for it," Lavrov was quoted by a senior Pakistani official, who attended the closed door meeting between the Russian foreign minister and Pakistani authorities, as saying.
"In other words, the Russian president offered us a blank cheque," said the official, who requested not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The official revealed that Putin had conveyed to Pakistan through his top diplomat that Moscow would help Islamabad in any manner. "If you're interested in gas pipelines, corridors, defence or any other cooperation, Russia stands ready for it," the official quoted FM Lavrov as saying when asked what he meant by "blank cheque".

Pakistan and Russia are already working on the North-South gas pipeline project. The two sides had entered into the agreement in 2015 to lay a pipeline from Karachi to Lahore. The project is estimated to cost $2 billion.
The work on the pipeline could not kick off because of possible American sanctions. The two sides, however, recently agreed to approve a new structure that would pave the way for the start of the work.
Russia is also keen to revive the Pakistan Steel Mills, which it originally built. Similarly, Moscow has interest in hydroelectric projects. Overall, Russia is thought to be willing to make $8 billion investment in different areas.
"It is now up to us to follow up this successful visit," the official said.
russian fm is being received by his pakistani counterpart upon arriving at the foreign office photo twitter smqureshipti

When asked the possibility of Pakistan acquiring Russian air defence systems, the official said he could not talk about the specifics but Russia had shown willingness to expand the cooperation with Pakistan.
At the joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart, the Russian foreign minister had said Moscow was ready to supply Pakistan with "special military equipment" to enhance its anti-terrorists potential. He, however, did not provide further details.
Relations between Pakistan and Russia have undergone transformation in recent years thanks to the new alignments and strategic realities.
The rapprochement between the former Cold War rivals began in 2011 when Pakistan's relationship with the US hit the rock bottom. At that time, a decision was taken to bring a strategic shift in Pakistan’s foreign policy. The shift envisaged reaching out to Russia as part of Pakistan’s efforts to diversify its foreign policy options.
The two countries initially worked quietly to find common ground. The years-long efforts had resulted in the Russian decision to send its troops to Pakistan for the first time in history for joint exercises in 2016. Moscow even overruled the Indian objections over holding joint drills with Pakistan.
Since then, the two countries have been regularly holding these exercises and they are looking to further deepen that cooperation.
Pakistan is hoping that Russian President Vladimir Putin would visit the country, something that would complete the Pak-Russia ties from being Cold War foes to friends.
In contrast, Russian ties with once its solid ally India are heading in the opposite direction. The two still have good relationship but the usual warmth they expressed earlier have been missing.
It was rare that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not give audience to a visiting Russian foreign minister. Russia is concerned that Indian tilt towards the US would pose threat to its interests.
It was because of these reasons, Lavrov, both in New Delhi and Islamabad, indirectly objected to the grouping of US, India, Japan and Australia.
These developments are bringing countries such as Russia, China and Pakistan together.
---
@Horus @waz @The Eagle @HRK @SQ8 @AgNoStiC MuSliM @Jungibaaz @ghazi52 @Verve @koolio @Areesh @Zibago @Path-Finder
Pakistan has been giving wrong signals to Russia since 2004. Pakistan can’t be in two boats at the same time. Now PUTIN is simply asking to switch sides and be a strong supporter of China-Russia block. Ball is in Pakistan’s court, if we send right signal to Russia, we might see Putin visit to Pakistan by the end of this year.
I think it’s time to explore this option to see what benefit we can get without pissing off Uncle Sam. Let’s hope Putin come true on his promises and invest 40 billion on various energy projects including transfer of civilian nuclear technology to Pakistan to meet growing energy need.
 

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Pakistan has been giving wrong signals to Russia since 2004. Pakistan can’t be in two boats at the same time. Now PUTIN is simply asking to switch sides and be a strong supporter of China-Russia block. Ball is in Pakistan’s court, if we send right signal to Russia, we might see Putin visit to Pakistan by the end of this year.
I think it’s time to explore this option to see what benefit we can get without pissing off Uncle Sam. Let’s hope Putin come true on his promises and invest 40 billion on various energy project including transfer of civilian nuclear energy technology to Pakistan.


Pakistan is ALREADY in the China/Russia camp. Leaning heavily on the Chinese side though.
 

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Pakistan has been giving wrong signals to Russia since 2004. Pakistan can’t be in two boats at the same time. Now PUTIN is simply asking to switch sides and be a strong supporter of China-Russia block. Ball is in Pakistan’s court, if we send right signal to Russia, we might see Putin visit to Pakistan by the end of this year.
I think it’s time to explore this option to see what benefit we can get without pissing off Uncle Sam. Let’s hope Putin come true on his promises and invest 40 billion on various energy projects including transfer of civilian nuclear technology to Pakistan to meet growing energy need.
True. Pakistan must stop these bidding wars, choose either block and stick with it. You can't ride on two horses at the same time.
Pakistan is ALREADY in the China/Russia camp. Leaning heavily on the Chinese side though.
Then why Pakistan is taking aid from US backed IMF?
 

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Pakistan is ALREADY in the China/Russia camp. Leaning heavily on the Chinese side though.
That’s not true. IK might want to improve relationship with Russia but our establishment is not completely sold on that idea. They are still hopeful that Pak-USA relationship will improve and they will be able get some free trips and shopping.
 

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It is history repeating itself. Right after Pakistan became independent Russia invited Pakistan. Pakistan refused and chose America. Remember Liaquat Ali Khan? We all know what happened after becoming a lackey of the USA.

Today Russia is again extending an olive branch. What will Pakistan do? Why is it that we always need invitations from regional countries? We are always so eager and quick to make extra effort to reach out to USA.
 

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That’s not true. IK might want to improve relationship with Russia but our establishment is not completely sold on that idea. They are still hopeful that Pak-USA relationship will improve and they will be able get some free trips and shopping.
It is the absolute truth. We have a serious issue in Pakistan and the rot starts from the very top.
Pakistan has been giving wrong signals to Russia since 2004. Pakistan can’t be in two boats at the same time. Now PUTIN is simply asking to switch sides and be a strong supporter of China-Russia block. Ball is in Pakistan’s court, if we send right signal to Russia, we might see Putin visit to Pakistan by the end of this year.
I think it’s time to explore this option to see what benefit we can get without pissing off Uncle Sam. Let’s hope Putin come true on his promises and invest 40 billion on various energy projects including transfer of civilian nuclear technology to Pakistan to meet growing energy need.
India will re-establish ties with Iran. Why can't Pakistan have cordial ties with China and Russia? We seek excellent relations between Pakistan, Russia and China.
 

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It is the absolute truth. We have a serious issue in Pakistan and the rot starts from the very top.


India will re-establish ties with Iran. Why can't Pakistan have cordial ties with China and Russia? We seek excellent relations between Pakistan, Russia and China.
Too many rotten apples on the top. They are so used to free trips, free shopping for their wives, free education for their children on top universities in USA.
Just compare the salary of Army general and university fee for top universities in USA. How can they afford it?
 

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As the crossroads of Asia, Pakistan shouldn’t have to be hesitant to leverage its location to facilitate trade amongst regional nations, Russia being one of them. This should not be expressed as for one block or against another. Leaving the door open for the Americans to have a trade based relationship demonstrated that Pakistan doesn’t want to be a proxy battleground for larger powers. Needless to say, self defense and regional stability are core interests of Pakistan, and nothing to be ashamed of. Russians have considerable influence over central Asian nations, and can help minimize Tajik or Uzbek destabilization of Afghanistan, which is foremost why Pakistan should have a good relationship with Russia.

Ultimately, Pakistan needs Investment. If the Russians want to increase their investments and the Americans don’t, then the Americans can’t blame Pakistan for trying to harness its demographic dividend while it has it. Biden should should be pragmatic. The rest of the region has already done so.
 

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Too many rotten apples on the top. They are so used to free trips, free shopping for their wives, free education for their children on top universities in USA.
Just compare the salary of Army general and university fee for top universities in USA. How can they afford it?
It is corruption. They will have to let go. This is about Pakistan's future. It is not about one individual, a few families or generals. They have earned a few bucks during Bush WoT and Cold War. It is enough now. Pakistani leaders both military and civilian need to behave.
 

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So last time when I talked a about the procurement of Su-35 jets some people laughed.
I hope now it makes far more sense.
This has being talked about so many times. There is no point of bringing a new platform unless we can buy in big numbers, and that depends on our relationship with Russia, cost of and availability of spare, training, maintenance and operational cost of the platform.
Like I said earlier, Pakistan has been sending wrong signals to Russia.
Even if we choice Russian plateform, it won’t be off the shelf, it will be customized for Pakistan but as of now I don’t see that’s happening. As soon as Pakistan approach Russia, Uncle Sam is going to show us F-16 carrot 🥕.
 

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