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Russia Says U.S. Sanctions Against It Could Be Seen As Treasonous

Sanctions from Washington reach deep into the Russian energy sector, which accounts for about a third of total Russian GDP May 23, 2018 — With its energy sector the target of U.S. sanctions pressure, a Russian legislator on Wednesday proposed making those sanctions synonymous with treason. Andrei Isayev, the head of legislation in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, said discussions were under way to consider counter-sanctions measures against the United States. The measure could criminalize those sanctions. “It was also proposed to make this component equal toRead More


Russia Keen to Expand Military Ties with Pakistan, Top Military Official Tells Gen Bajwa

“Pakistan would continue to play its part to keep conflicts away from the region and seek approaches which bring regional convergences into play rather than divergences” April 24, 2018 — Russia’s military chief says Pakistan was geostrategically an important country and Moscow is keen to expand its existing military-to-military cooperation– a significant development at a time when Islamabad’s relationship with Washington continues to deteriorate. In a meeting with Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa who reached Moscow on an official visit Tuesday, the Russian General acknowledged Pakistan’s achievement inRead More


Russia Awaits Formal Invitation to Join CPEC; Libya Wants Included in Belt and Road Initiative

(BE2C2) — Acting ambassador of Russian Federation on Monday said Russia was eagerly waiting for a formal invitation from China and Pakistan to invest in CPEC related projects. Vladirmir Berezyuk also said that a delegation of Russian businessmen will visit Pakistan very soon to explore new opportunities for investment. Addressing members of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), Berezyuk mentioned Russian cooperation in the development of Pakistan economy specially the Karachi Steel Mills and Guddu Power Plant as fine examples of mutual and highly productive cooperation, he said.Read More


China, Russia Replacing U.S. as Pakistan’s Major Arms Suppliers

KEY POINTS: US Arms Deliveries to India Has Grown by 557 Percent During the Period 2008 and 2017; A Chinese defense analyst says there is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but “China’s arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country’s military sovereignty.”. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — As the Trump administration targets Pakistan, the country is gradually reducing its dependence on American military technology and China is filling the gap, says a Financial Times report, which also warns that this shift will have geopolitical repercussions.Read More


Putin Holds SECRET CONVERSATION With Erdogan on Syria Following US-led Airstrikes

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Russian president Vladimir Putin has held secret conversations with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the two countries look to strengthen relations following the airstrikes on Syria launched early Saturday morning. In a phone call on Saturday the two men discussed the military strikes carried out by the West as they vowed to work together to create a political solution to the Syrian civil war, the UK’s tabloid newspaper Sunday Express report. The coalition (US, UK and France) led by the US, fired 105 Tomahawk missilesRead More


Pakistan in Talks With Russia on Buying Air Defense Systems

(PKONWEB) — Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan confirmed to Russian media outlet Sputnik that Islamabad was in talks with Moscow on the issue of purchasing air defense systems, adding that Pakistan was interested in such weapons. “Air defense system is a different kind of weapon we are interested. We are very much interested in a very wide range of Russian weapons technology. We are in negotiations [on air defense systems] and once we conclude negotiations, we will be able to announce them,” Khan said in an interview. Khan also disclosedRead More