Moscow, 24 March 2023 (TDI): On Republic Day, the Foreign Ministry of Russia issued a greeting statement to the government of Pakistan and the people.
The message extends heartfelt congratulations and warm wishes to Pakistanis. It also emphasizes the two countries’ constructive and amicable relations.
🇵🇰 Happy #PakistanDay!
Our heartfelt congratulations and warm wishes of prosperity and well-being go to the Government and people of Pakistan on their national holiday!
🤝 We greatly appreciate our friendly relations and stand ready to expand bilateral cooperation. pic.twitter.com/1MGsHg4D1K
— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) March 23, 2023
The Russian Foreign Ministry statement reaffirmed the country’s commitment to bilateral cooperation. It noted that the Russian government is keen to explore new avenues for partnership and collaboration.
Additionally, it stated that Russia is willing to strengthen its association with Pakistan in various fields, from commerce and investment to security and defense.
Both countries benefit greatly from collaboration. Russia acknowledges Pakistan’s important position in the region. It is dedicated to assisting Pakistan as it develops and grows.
Pakistan – Russia Ties
Russia and Pakistan have enjoyed cordial relations since establishing diplomatic ties in 1948. The recent statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Pakistan’s Republic Day is a testament to this growing association.
Their companionship is based on mutual respect and cooperation. Several significant interactions and agreements have strengthened this engagement in recent years. Both countries are committed to deepening their alliance in the coming years.
The optimistic relations between Russia and Pakistan have been strengthened by high-level visits and exchanges between the two countries. In 2017, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, visited Pakistan.
The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited Russia in 2018. In 2022, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin.
These visits have helped to build trust and enhance cooperation between the two countries. The economic cooperation between them has also been growing steadily.
The two nations have been exploring new avenues for collaboration in energy, infrastructure, and agriculture.
Russia has expressed interest in investing in Pakistan’s energy sector, particularly in constructing the North-South gas pipeline (the Pakistan Stream gas project).
The two countries have also been exploring the possibility of increasing trade and investment ties. According to the UN’s COMTRADE database on world trade, Pakistan exported goods worth US$175.2 million to Russia in 2021.
The data, historical chart, and statistics on Pakistan’s exports to Russia were last updated in March 2023. Both countries have held joint military exercises in defense, including the Druzhba VI exercise, in 2021.
Russia has also supplied military equipment to Pakistan. The two countries have expressed a desire to enhance their defense cooperation further. Cultural exchanges between Russia and Pakistan have also been on the rise.
The two countries have promoted cultural and educational businesses, including establishing Russian language centers in Pakistan.
These exchanges have helped to promote greater understanding and people-to-people contact between the two countries.