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Russia, Pakistan Agree To Enhance Defense Cooperation

November 20, 2014

Pakistan and Russia have signed a cooperation agreement between their defense ministries.

The deal was signed by Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif and his visiting Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on November 20.

Shoigu described the agreement as "an important step toward stronger Russian-Pakistani relations in the military field,' but no details were revealed.

Asif said strong ties between Islamabad and Moscow will help promote regional stability and prosperity.

Shoigu's trip comes amid reports in the Pakistani media that Russia had given the go-ahead for the sale of Mi-35 helicopters to Islamabad, which is interested in purchasing up to 20 helicopters.

India's move toward closer relations with the United States has prompted Russia to step up its defense cooperation with Pakistan, India's archrival.

Based on reporting by Interfax and radio.gov.pk

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-pakistan-agree- to-enhance-defense-cooperation/26701820.html

Copyright (c) 2014. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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