Radio Pakistan, November 12, 2014 - In an exclusive interview, Russian envoy to Pakistan Alexey Dedov says Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will soon visit Islamabad.
Russia will provide Pakistan Mi-35 helicopters to strengthen its counterterrorism efforts.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan's correspondent Javed Khan Jadoon, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation Alexey Dedov said the deal between Pakistan and Russia will help combat terrorism. He said politically the deal has been approved; however, further negotiations on details of political-commercial contract are in progress.
The ambassador also said that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will soon visit Islamabad and his agenda of talks with Pakistani counterparts also includes the sale of defense equipments to Pakistan.
Regarding Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Alexey Dedov said Russia is actively involved in the process of accession of Pakistan to the organization as a full member. He hoped that at next Summit meeting, scheduled to take place in July next year in Russia, full member status will be awarded to Pakistan. He said the documentary work in this regard has already been completed.
He said Russia intends to resolve Afghan conflict during its Chairmanship of SCO. He expressed hope to succeed in bringing sustainable peace in the region through concerted and collaborative efforts of Afghanistan and the countries of the region.
Russia and Pakistan are already engaged on the matter and fruitful meetings have taken place recently in this regard. He said besides terrorism, drug trafficking which stems from Afghanistan is also an area of concern.
Ambassador Dedov said Russia fully supports Chinese plan of developing Silk Route, which also includes China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said Russia is interested in various energy related projects including CASA-1000, development of Gwadar Liquefying Facility and construction of pipeline between Gwadar and Nawabshah.
The Russian Ambassador said Pak-Russia Intergovernmental Commission's meeting is scheduled to take place in Moscow on 26th of this month, which will give new impetus to our bilateral economic cooperation. He said bilateral trade volume of the two countries does not coincide with the actual potential and plenty of room exists which needs to be tapped.
He said a Russian parliamentary delegation is also ready to participate in Asian Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Lahore.