Russia said on Wednesday it was ready to supply “special military equipment” to strengthen Pakistan’s counterterrorism abilities as the former Cold-War rivals agreed to conduct joint drills both on the mountains and at the sea.
This was the outcome of what was seen as a significant two-day visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Islamabad, where he held wide-ranging talks with Pakistani civil and military authorities on Wednesday.
At the Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Lavrov led his side at the formal talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. He separately met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
This was the first visit by a Russian foreign minister in almost a decade and came at a crucial juncture when the region is undergoing transformation with new alignments putting the stability at risk.