Vladimir Putin will go to Pakistan on Imran Khan’s invitation, how will it affect India-Russia relations?

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Islamabad: Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Pakistan soon. Talks are being held between the two countries regarding Putin’s visit to Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan has already formally invited President Putin to visit. He had also invited Putin to visit Pakistan again during a recent phone conversation. It is being told that the talks regarding Putin’s visit are in the final stages. This will be the first time that will visit Vladimir. Earlier last year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had visited Pakistan. The biggest impact of the growing closeness between Pakistan and Russia can be seen on India. Despite India’s opposition, Russia and Pakistan also conduct military exercises every year.

Negotiations between the two countries in the final stage
According to the report of The Express Tribune, talks have been going on between the two countries for the last two years regarding the visit of Russian President Putin to Pakistan, but due to many other reasons including Corona, there was no concrete result. According to the news, Russia wants that during Putin’s visit to Pakistan, there should be some big projects or any other initiative, which can be announced. Diplomatic sources said Putin wants to travel only if he has something big to sell. It is believed that Putin can announce the Pakistan-Russia gas pipeline agreement in Islamabad. In recent days, officials of both the countries have also held several rounds of meetings regarding this agreement.

Foundation stone for Pakistan-Russia gas pipeline may be laid
Pakistan wants President Putin to lay the foundation stone for a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline project. In such a situation, its work can be started this year. Apart from this, Russian companies should work to lay the pipeline from Karachi in Sindh province to Kasur in Punjab province. Significantly, the Russia-Pakistan gas pipeline agreement was signed in 2015, but due to US sanctions on Russian companies and many other issues, the work of laying the 1122-km pipeline could not start. If this pipeline is laid, then the supply of oil and gas to Pakistan will start directly from Russia. This can reduce Pakistan’s dependence on the Gulf countries for energy needs.

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Russian Foreign Minister reached Pakistan after 9 years
On 6 April this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached New Delhi on a 19-hour visit to India. Then it was told from the Russian side that the purpose of this visit is to finalize the preparations for the annual India-Russia summit. After the visit to India, the Russian Foreign Minister also visited Pakistan. Russia has been shunning Pakistan from the very beginning regarding relations with India. But, after 2009, restless Russia began to strengthen its ties with Pakistan with the formation of closer ties between India and the US. This is the reason that despite India’s opposition, the Russian army conducted joint exercises with Pakistan.

Russia will give special military weapons to Pakistan
The Russian Foreign Minister then announced that his country would provide special military weapons to Pakistan. It was also agreed to enhance cooperation in fighting terrorism and to conduct joint naval and land exercises between these two Cold War rivals. Russia, however, did not specify what weapons it would give to Pakistan. Obviously India was worried about this thing of Russia.

Pakistan in pursuit of increasing military cooperation with Russia
Seeing the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the geo-political environment being created in Asia, Russia and Pakistan are drawing closer. In September itself, Russian Deputy Defense Minister General Alexander V Fomin held talks with Pakistani officials to enhance bilateral military ties. Since September, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin at least three times. In September, the Pakistani Army also conducted a joint exercise named Druzhba-2021 with the Russian Army.

Pakistan-Russia ready to share intelligence
Russia and Pakistan have agreed to enhance joint exercises between the two countries, share intelligence and exchange views on regional security. If Pakistan starts getting intelligence from Russia, then it will be a matter of increasing concern for India. Not only this, by conducting bilateral exercises, Pakistan can get more information about the weapons of Russia, which India uses. The biggest threat to Pakistan is from India, in such a situation, it can try to increase its own strength by putting Russia in its side. (with agency input)

[Attribution to NBT]

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