Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that his country would provide unspecified special military equipment to Pakistan. It has been agreed between these two opponents of the Cold War period to increase cooperation in fighting terrorism and to conduct joint naval and land exercises. Russia, however, has not revealed what weapons it will give to Pakistan.
Lavrov, Russia’s first foreign minister visiting Pakistan in nearly a decade, made these comments at a joint press conference after delegation-level talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi. During the talks, the two agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the areas of security including economy, trade, counter-terrorism and defense.
Without giving details of Russian equipment Lavrov said, “We are ready to enhance Pakistan’s counter-terrorism capability, including the supply of special military equipment to Pakistan.” He said that it is in the interest of all the states of the region. He also said that both sides have also agreed to organize military exercises.
Russia and Pakistan organize joint exercises – Drujba every year since 2016. Russia has previously said that India should not be concerned about its relations with Pakistan and that Moscow is committed to developing relations with Islamabad as it is a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).