Signaling a strong future military cooperation between the Moscow and Islamabad, Russian forces have arrived in Pakistan to participate in joint military exercises.
India had reportedly urged Russia to reconsider its decision to hold joint military drills with Pakistan. In the aftermath of Uri attack, there were media reports saying that Russia had called off the joint exercise.
Keeping all the confusions aside, the Russian military troop landed in Pakistan on Friday and will be conducting a two-week long joint military exercise dubbed as ‘Friendship 2016.’
“A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived Pak for 1st ever Pak- Russian joint exercise (2 weeks) from 24 Sep to 10 Oct 2016,” tweeted Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa.
A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived Pak for 1st ever Pak- Russian joint exercise (2 weeks) from 24 Sep to 10 Oct 2016 pic.twitter.com/eWzQMlENL6
— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) September 23, 2016
Condemning the Uri terror attack earlier, Russia had stated that the perpetrators must be held accountable.
However, Russia’s current decision to go ahead the scheduled drill is expected to trigger tension among the long-term military partners.
A senior Russian diplomat earlier reportedly said that India need not worry about the planned Russia-Pakistan military exercises as these will not be carried out in disputed areas.
The training is expected to take place at the Army High Altitude School in northern Pakistan’s Rattu and at a special forces training center in Cherat area.
According to reports, around 200 military personnel from both the forces are likely to take part in the exercise.
Currently, Russia remains the largest military equipment supplier to India, according to reports from Ministry of Defence. India has signed more than $5bn worth military deals with Russia over the past three years.