Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Russia this week for a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
According to the ministry statementKhan accepted Putin’s invitation to visit Russia for a two-day visit starting on Wednesday.
“During the summit, the two leaders will consider all sequences of bilateral relations, including energy cooperation,” it said.
“They will also have a broad exchange of views on key regional and international issues, including the situation in Islamophobia and Afghanistan.”
This will be the first visit to Russia in 20 years by a Pakistani leader.Khan said Newsweek Pakistan said a visit to Russia was planned before the crisis in Ukraine.
“I was invited by President Putin much earlier. The purpose of my visit is to engage with Russia, especially in the area of mutual benefit, especially in the economic arena,” he said in an interview released on Monday.
Khan also reiterated that Pakistan does not participate in any global camping politics as it seeks to maintain “good relations with all great powers.”
The Pakistani government had previously planned to borrow $ 3 billion from China to strengthen its foreign exchange reserves and another $ 2 billion from Russia and Kazakhstan to spend on the ML-1 railroad project ARY News. .. reportQuoted from sources from the Treasury.
Sources claimed that the loan proposal was finalized and that the agreement with China would be signed during Khan’s February visit to Beijing.
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, with defrosting between Moscow and Islamabad, and projects in the gas and energy sector planned.
Earlier this month, Khan said in an interview with China’s Global Television Network that Pakistan intends to play a role in relieving tensions between China and the United States to avoid “another Cold War.”
He quoted Pakistan’s 1971 visit to Beijing by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, stating that his country helped connect the two countries at the time.
Kahn said he wanted to play that role because he believed that no one would benefit from another Cold War.
Reuters contributed to this report.