Russian president Putin is visiting Pakistan. The date of Putin’s visit is being finalized. Putin is visiting Pakistan in coming days. Imran khan who is prime minister of Pakistan invited him during their visit to china in the congregation of OBOR. Coming days will decide when Putin is coming to Pakistan.
Maria Sultan is a well known intellectual and defense analyst of Pakistan. In an interview to a social media platform, she revealed that Putin can visit Pakistan soon. Before 2014, the relations between Pakistan and Russia were not ideal. There was a rift between the two countries . Pakistan was close ally of US in cold wars. Pakistan acted as a front line state during Afghan war. It caused Soviet Union to break down into various states. Russia was standing with India in 1971.
In recent times, India has strengthen ties with USA. Duo are now strategic partners. America has provided Patriot Air Defense system and civil atomic technology to US. Both are enjoying free trade statuses. There is nothing left with Russia for India. The distance between India and Russia is getting bigger. This has naturally brought Pakistan and Russia together. When US ceased defense aid to Pakistan military and averted training program of Pakistan Army, Russia opened doors for Pakistan. World first time saw Pakistan and Russian forces together. US banned selling of weapons to Pakistan. Russia first time sold helicopters to Pakistan.
Pakistan and Russia are coming closer. Russia is very interested in CPEC and OBOR. It has already initiated a project of Off shore gas pipeline to Pakistan. Pakistan is interested in purchasing PantSir missile system from Russia . Russia is willing to offer S400 air defense system to Pakistan. After Imran Khan has won the elections, the diplomatic relations of Pakistan with rest of the world has been revolutionized. There are lot of diplomatic achievements that Pakistan acquired. There has seen a sense of responsibility and ownership in the affairs of Pakistan embassies. Pakistan is more engaged with Russia, Turkey, China and Arab states. The investment opportunities in Pakistan are quite appealing for foreigners after security situation has improved tremendously in Pakistan.