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Analysis: Why is Russia warming up to Pakistan?

AP As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for “not taking action on some of the entities and individuals designated as terrorists by the UN”, regional alliances are shifting — and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate …

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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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Russia, Iran pushing their influence in Afghanistan as country’s future grows shaky

For 16 years, the United States has tried to stabilize and rebuild Afghanistan with a goal of preventing the war-torn country from once again being used as a launching pad for international terrorism – as it was during the September 11 attacks. But despite spending more than $600 billion and …

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Balochistan govt receives Mi-171E helicopter from Russia

The Balochistan provincial government has received an Mi-171E non-combat helicopter from Russian helicopters, Russian news agency Tassreported. The Mi-171 is a civilian variant of the Mi-17 military cargo helicopter, which is already in service in the Pakistan Army. The Mi-17 is widely used across the world due to its reliability and …

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King Nader‘s sword stolen in Russia

Moscow, June 13, IRNA — Sword of King Nader of Asfhar dynasty with a number of valuable items was stolen from a museum in Dagestan Republic of Russia. The incident happened in mountainous region of Cabochon in Dagestan Republic in Caucasus region of Russia. An official from Dagestan Interior Ministry …

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Islamabad welcomes Putin’s offer to mediate between Pakistan and India

The Foreign Office (FO) during a weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan. FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told the press that Pakistan had recently established high-level contact with Russia, adding that Pakistan welcomed Putin’s offer to ease tensions between …

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Iran rejects receiving US threatening message

TEHRAN, May 28  – Iran’s FM Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi strongly rejected the report by a Kuwaiti newspaper alleging that US officials had conveyed a threatening message to Iran through Russia. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi while answering a reporter’s question on Saturday strongly rejected the claim made by Kuwait’s al-Rai …

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EU Council extend sanctions against key-Assad backer Iran over human rights violations

The European Council has extended sanctions against Iran, one of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s key backers, in response to serious human rights violations. The measures hitting exports and targeting key leaders were signed off on the same day EU member states helped block a fast US/UK drive for new sanctions …

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Russia, Iran agree on purchase of 12 planes

TEHRAN – Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said that there is already a “concrete agreement” between Russia and Iran for purchase of 12 planes. Iran has shown interest in purchasing 100 Russia’s medium-haul Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) passenger planes, but the agreement has only been reached regarding 12 aircraft …

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Are Pakistan and Russia forming an alliance? Not without China, says expert

Analysts were quick to note a new friendship which appears to be blossoming between Pakistan and Russia. The Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel General Israkov Sergi Yuryevich was hosted by Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt on a visit to North and South Waziristan just a few …

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