According to Pakistani officials, the two leaders reviewed a series of bilateral relations, including energy cooperation, and added that Prime Minister Khan’s trip was planned before the current Ukraine crisis.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will fly to Moscow this week to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Islamabad has confirmed such a trip by a Pakistani leader for the first time in 20 years.
The two-day visit starting on Wednesday was planned before the current Ukrainian crisis.
“At the summit, the two leaders will consider the entire bilateral relations, including energy cooperation,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that Khan and Putin will also discuss issues, including the situation in Afghanistan.
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Defrosting between Islamabad, Moscow
Relations between Pakistan and Russia were minimal for many years as Islamabad supported the United States in the Cold War and was given the status of a major non-NATO ally by Washington after the US military invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
However, in recent years, relations between the United States and Pakistan have deteriorated, defrosting has taken place between Moscow and Islamabad, and plans for projects in the gas and energy fields have been seen.
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Ukraine’s crisis is not a restraining factor
In an interview released on Monday, Khan downplayed the timing of his visit and its impact on relations with the western part of Pakistan.
“This visit was planned long before the current stage of the Ukrainian crisis emerged … I was invited by President Putin much earlier,” he told Newsweek Pakistan.
Khan’s visit to Russia was by world leaders when Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and ordered his army to “maintain peace” there. Efforts to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been severely hit.
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-s-khan-to-meet-russia-s-putin-in-moscow-amid-ukraine-border-crisis-54995?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Pakistan’s Khan meets Russian Putin in Moscow during the Ukrainian border crisis