Pakistan-Russia Relations: An Overview

Pakistan-Russia Relations: An Overview

‘Pakistan and the Russian Federation are connected by a deep historical and cultural affinity, geographical proximity, and a convergence of strategic and economic interests’

Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)

Abstract

Pakistan and the Russian Federation share a long historical and cultural affinity, as well as a tumultuous past. In 2018, we stand at the precipice of a new era of cooperation, especially as we mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Russia. Over the past decade, the increased collaboration in various sectors and enhanced consensus on matters of strategic as well as regional importance has helped to pave the path for a durable, respectful and constructive bilateral relationship. Now, more than ever, it is vital that both sides remain cognizant of the incredible potential for growth and development between the two countries, and vigilant of the challenges that could hinder this, in order to prevent a repetition of past mistakes. This paper attempts to explore this fine line by presenting an overview of how these relations have developed over the years, as well as the milestones, pitfalls and opportunities that have brought Pakistan and Russian cooperation to their current apogee.

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