PM Khan to visit Russia in September: report

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Khan will be going on an official visit to Russia in the next couple of months, claimed a report, on Saturday.

According to details, Prime Minister Khan accepted an invite from Russian President Vladmir Putin to visit Russia. The prime minister will visit Russia from September 4 to 6 and will take part in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

The Russian president extended the invite to Prime Minister Khan on the sidelines of the 19th Shanghai Cooperation Conference (SCO) summit where the two had met.

It was said during the summit that the Russian president was the leader with whom Prime Minister Khan interacted the most. He could be seen sitting next to Vladmir Putin during lunch and at photo sessions, engaged in conversation with him.

In an interview with a Russian news agency Sputnik, Prime Minister Khan had said that Islamabad and Moscow had grown closer as a result of the end of the Cold War.

“Most of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s were spent in the Cold War region, where India was close to the Soviet Union, and Pakistan was close to the United States. We were in different camps. Now things have changed,” he said.

Khan said that Pakistan was mulling the purchase of weapons from Moscow and that defence cooperation between the two nations had enhanced.

Prime Minister Khan further said that Islamabad was looking to boost its trade with Russia. He said that Russia had immense energy resources and Pakistan was deficient in it hence both could benefit from that trade.