AS REPORTED BY IBTIMES:
As India establishes close ties with America, its neighbor and arch rival Pakistan has agreed to conduct joint military exercises with Russia.
This will be the first time that the Cold War era adversaries have agreed to hold a joint defense drill.
Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif announced the agreement on 15 April, after the latter travelled to Moscow for a security conference.
The two ministers also discussed various bilateral issues and Shoigu praised Pakistan for taking steps towards battling terrorism and preventing drug smuggling.
Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif was quoted by Sputnik International as saying: “We [Pakistan and Russia] agreed to enhance cooperation in both defence industry and military training.”
A Pakistani defence ministry statement said: “Joint participation in military exercises will be promoted. There was consensus that a multipolar world would ensure peace and balance in international relations.”
Late last year, the two countries had signed a deference cooperation agreement by which Russia lifted embargoes on supplying weapons to Pakistan.
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