Terror sanctuaries in Afghanistan along border with Pakistan a grave threat: Russian FM

Published: January 17, 2018
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ,PHOTO:REUTERS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ,PHOTO:REUTERS

Russia said late on Tuesday that it will provide every possible support to Pakistan to make it a developed country, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country’s support to Islamabad while responding to a question during a press briefing.

Lavrov acknowledged Islamabad’s efforts in the war on terror, observing that militants spread inside Afghanistan along the area bordering Pakistan pose a grave threat.

The foreign minister added that several agreements have signed between the two countries that also included provision of helicopters and military equipment. He noted that Pakistan’s presence in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will strengthen the ties between Russia and Pakistan.

Russia supports Pakistan’s bid to join elite nuclear trading club

Pakistan had been an observer with the SCO since 2005 and applied for its full membership in 2010. The decision, in principle, to give membership to Pakistan was taken by the SCO Heads of States meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015.

A strong ally of Islamabad, Russia threw its weight behind Pakistan’s efforts to become member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an exclusive club of nuclear trading nations, in December 2017.

The support for Pakistan’s bid came from a Russian diplomat, who told a conference that Moscow was not opposed to Pakistan’s NSG candidature and had no intention to block it. He praised the steps taken by Pakistan for strengthening its national export control programme that complied with the spirit of international regimes and conventions.

 

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Lalit
    Jan 17, 2018 - 11:15AM

    A strong ally…..building castles in air ?Recommend

  • Ashton
    Jan 17, 2018 - 12:06PM

    The US used Pakistan to get at Russia whilst they were in Afghanistan. Now the Russians are doing the same. Pakistan never seems to learn and is always played for a sucker. Recommend

  • Asif Sarwar
    Jan 17, 2018 - 3:42PM

    In that case please deliver the helicopters that Russia promised.Recommend

  • Menon
    Jan 17, 2018 - 4:49PM

    Russia, itself has significant economic problems and not developing. Recommend

  • Hellodrsoul
    Jan 17, 2018 - 7:53PM

    It is no secret that in the long run, Pakistan is going to be an ally of Russia and China against the USA and India. Besides economic interests, there are security and political interests which ll bind these countries into their groups. This is my own little opinion.Recommend

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