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Pakistan, Russia Continue To Discuss Defense Cooperation Despite Moscow’s Snub To Islamabad

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Pakistan and Russia at the second round of Joint Military Consultative Committee in Moscow discussed defense cooperation. The Pakistani delegation was led by Defense Secretary Ikram-ul-Haq while Russian side by Deputy Defense Minister Alexander V Fomin.

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The two sides exchanged views on regional security besides holding in-depth discussions on exploring and identifying areas of mutual cooperation including military training, joint exercises, intelligence cooperation and issues relating to defence industrial cooperation.

They agreed to ensure effective follow-up and implementation of the decisions taken during the meeting.

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The two sides expressed the hope that the joint military consultative committee would play a vital role in enhancing defence cooperation. They agreed to hold the third round of the consultative committee next year in Pakistan.

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Earlier,  Pakistan reached out to Moscow before the UNSC meeting over Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi contacted his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, but received a cold response wrapped and Moscow stated – tensions need be de-escalated and the Kashmir issue must be resolved through bilateral talks. In the telephone conversation, he stated that Russia’s representative at the UN would also adhere to this consistent position.

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