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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

Ambassador of the Russian Federation Alexey Dedov on Wednesday said Russia is interested in various energy projects in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

“Russia is interested in various energy related projects including CASA-1000, development of Gwadar Liquefying Facility and construction of pipeline between Gwadar and Nawabshah,” Dedov added.

“Pakistan-Russia intergovernmental commission’s meeting is scheduled to take place in Moscow on November 26, 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.

Dedov extended support for the  Chinese plan of developing the Silk Route, including the Pakistan-China economic corridor.”

He also expressed hope to succeed in bringing sustainable peace in Pakistan and the region through concerted and collaborative efforts of Afghanistan and other countries.

“Russia and Pakistan are already engaged on the matter and fruitful meetings have taken place recently in this regard, besides terrorism, drug trafficking which stems from Afghanistan is also an area of concern,” Dedov said in an interview to the state-run corporation.

Further he said, Russia will sell Mi-35 helicopters with Pakistan to strengthen its counter-terrorism efforts.

“The deal has been approved in principle; however, further negotiations on details of political-commercial contract are in progress.”

The ambassador also said that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will visit Islamabad soon and his agenda of talks with Pakistani counterparts also includes the sale of defence equipments to Pakistan.

Regarding Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Dedov said Russia is actively involved in the process of accession of Pakistan to the organisation as a full member.

“I hope 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, adding, “The documentary work in this regard has already been completed.”

“Russia intends to resolve Afghan conflict during its chairmanship of SCO.”

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