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  1. Saifullah Sani

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    While in Islamabad, Shoigu will have talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawadja Asif, Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, who accompanies Shoigu on the current visit 1071093.jpg

    SHANGHAI, November 20. /TASS/. Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu will pay an official visit to Pakistan on Thursday.

    It will be the first visit by Russia’s defense minister to that country after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. The latest such visit took place as far back as 1969, when USSR Defence Minister Andrei Grechko made a trip to that country.

    While in Islamabad, Shoigu will have talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawadja Asif, Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, who accompanies Shoigu on the current visit, told journalists.

    “It is expected that the Russian defence minister will be received by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” Konashenkov said, adding that Shoigu’s talks would center round topical issues of regional security and measures to invigorate defence and military technical cooperation between the two countries.

    “The two defence ministers plan to sign an agreement on military cooperation,” the spokesman said.

    A source in the Russian delegation said that the agreement will have a framework nature and will serve as a legal basis for closer cooperation between the two countries’ defence ministries.

    In May 2014, Khawadja Asif took part in the third conference on international security in Moscow. On the sidelines of the conference, he met with his Russian counterpart. The two ministers then agreed that constructive cooperation between their countries was needed on the regional level.

    Back then, Shoigu pointed to the topicality of Afghanistan-related subjects. He also called for further efforts to stabilize the situation in the region. “Naturally, we are interested in you, as the closest neighbours and people involved in Afghanistan-related processes,” Shoigu said.

    The Russian defence minister was on an official visit to China from November 17 through 19.

    TASS: Russia - Shoigu to pay first visit to Pakistan to sign military cooperation agreement
     
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    Russian defence minister due today
    Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Published Nov 20, 2014 06:38


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    It will be the first ever visit of Russia's defence minister to Pakistan in recent past.—AFP/File
    ISLAMABAD: Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu will visit Islamabad on Thursday for talks with Pakistani leadership on strengthening defence cooperation and sale of military equipment.


    This will be the first visit to Pakistan by a Russian defence minister in recent past.

    The minister, according to a source, would stay in Islamabad for a few hours before returning to Moscow. Neither side has publicly announced the visit.

    A defence ministry official said the two sides would discuss full spectrum of defence collaboration during Mr Shoigu’s visit.

    Mr Shoigu had earlier in the week visited China where he said that defence ministries of Russia and China were seeking to form a regional collective security system in the Asia-Pacific due to concerns that the US was attempting to strengthen its military and political clout in the region.

    Russia and Pakistan have lately been working on enhancing defence cooperation and are believed to have already covered a lot of ground. Exchange of visits by military commanders in recent years is an indication of progress achieved in this regard.

    India’s decision to enter into tighter embrace with the US had prompted Russia to rethink its defence relationship with Pakistan.

    Also read: Pakistan, Russia to enhance cooperation

    The visit also comes against the backdrop of reports that Moscow had given go-ahead for sale of MI-35 helicopters to Pakistan, which is interested in purchasing up to 20 helicopters.

    Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Dedov had in a radio interview said that the helicopter deal had been “politically approved” and further negotiations on details of the political-commercial contract were in progress.

    Pakistan’s former ambassador to Russia Khalid Khattak said the Russian defence minister’s upcoming visit reflected improvement in ties between the two countries. “We are entering a phase of defence collaboration in procurement and production. It’s important,” he added.

    But a defence source said the Russian side was unlikely to make any major announcement during Mr Shoigu’s trip because of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Delhi next month. “They would not like to disturb Putin’s visit,” he added.

    Published in Dawn, November 20th, 2014
     
  3. Chak Bamu

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    Pakistan is the first stop for all who wish to improve their chances in Afghanistan. Pakistan-Russian ties have far-reaching mutual benefits for both the countries - no doubt about it.

    As these ties strengthen, Pakistan will increasingly be able to leverage its position in an increasingly multi-polar world.
     
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    15-20 are enough for Pakistan current needs
     
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    It is as it is. There is a shift in the mindset of the Pakistani establishment and the move by Pakistan towards the East.
     
  6. Saifullah Sani

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    why COAS is on visit to USA when Russian Defense Minister visit after sevral years ?