Commemorating the 65th anniversary of bilateral relations

Igor Morgulov,
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia


Diplomatic relations between our countries were established on May 1, 1948 following the agreement reached in New York by then Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the USSR Andrei A. Gromyko and Foreign Minister of Pakistan Zafrullah Khan. Shortly the Embassies of the USSR and Pakistan opened in Karachi and Moscow.

There were ups and downs in relations between the USSR and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan because of specifics of international politics of the "Cold War" period. The Soviet-Pakistan cooperation could not evade the negative effects of tumultuous and complex developments in Afghanistan in which both the countries happened to be involved in...


Alexey Dedov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Russia to Pakistan

Pakistan ranks high in the Russian foreign policy in the South Asia. It is evident when you look at the increased frequency of high-level official meetings as well as delegation exchanges between various ministries and agencies of Russia and Pakistan. Moscow and Islamabad actively interact in international organizations with our views on the core global issues coinciding or being very close.

Russia attaches particular importance to cooperation with Pakistan in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This body has gained much credibility and is rapidly evolving into a key element of the regional security architecture and a useful tool to carry out cross-regional economic, energy and infrastructure projects. Russia is providing extensive support to Islamabad in turning its observer status to a full-fledged membership...