BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI
ISLAMABAD: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Pakistan soon to boost bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia.This was disclosed by Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Sunday in Islamabad.
He said the date is not finalized for Putin visit, but Pakistan already invited Russian President and he accepted the our invitation.
Pakistan and Russia have great potentials to boost their relations in all Fields including social,economic and defense and strategic sectors.
Pakistan and Russia are important countries of the region and both countries can play pivotal role in the stability in the region.
In the present circumstances,Russia become a most important country for Pakistan.Now Russia is no longer ignored by Pakistani policymakers. Ties are warming up between Islamabad and Moscow in the past few years as geo-strategic ties have been changing the world over.
When the relationship was set to emerge, Pakistan and Russia have been repairing their fences hard hit by the hard Cold War realities. China in the Pakistan-Russia framework is a guarantor and an honest broker. These relations have been fast emerging against the backdrop of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) where Pakistan stands as an observer but trying to seek full-membership of the organization, hopefully this year when the organizations will meet in Russia.Russia already ready to support Pakistani membership in the SCO. Beijing guides Moscow toward Islamabad.Russia,China and Pakistan will becomes strong regional allies for all level.
In Afghanistan,if Russia and China play a constructive role, it would satisfy more for Pakistan.
In last Novermber,2014,Pakistan and Russia also signed an landmark agreement to increase defence and military cooperation, the latest sign of gradual improvement in ties between the former Cold War adversaries.
The pact was signed inPakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and his Russian counterpart General Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu in Islamabad during his first visit to Pakistan.
This was first visit by any Russian defence minister to Pakistan and was part of efforts to open a ‘new chapter’ in relationship often marred by deep suspicion and mistrust. This visit was a ‘milestone in burying the bitter past’ between Pakistan and Russia.
Pakistan is keen to enhance its multi-dimensional relations with Moscow, including defence.to increase bilateral trade between the two countries which currently stands at $542 million and does not correspond to their trade potential.
Russian President Putin will visit Pakistan soon
BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI