Russia, Pakistan sign ‘milestone’ military cooperation agreement

Russia, Pakistan sign ‘milestone’ military cooperation agreement

[Ed. – The U.S. and Pakistan have had a military-cooperation relationship for over 40 years as a cornerstone of our national policies.  This is a major shift, and it’s largely about managing the security problem Afghanistan will pose to the region, after NATO pulls out almost entirely at the end of next month.  We can kiss terrorist-hunting in western Pakistan goodbye after that.]

Pakistan and Russia signed a “milestone” military cooperation pact on Thursday aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region, Islamabad’s defence ministry said.

The agreement was signed during a visit by Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu with Pakistani defence minister Khawaja Asif.

“The signing of the military cooperation agreement between the two significant countries of the region is a milestone,” Asif said after the signing ceremony in a ministry statement. …

“The first ever visit of the defence minister from Russian Federation has come at a very critical juncture when US-led NATO forces are drawing down from Afghanistan by the end of 2014,” the statement said. …

Russia has long been the largest supplier of arms to Pakistan’s nuclear-armed arch rival India, which is the world’s top arms buyer.

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