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Published in Stream:
Russia Update: July 1, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.

Russia To Sign $2 Billion LNG Deal With Pakistan As Two Countries Deepen Military Ties
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Pakistan has signed a $2 billion, no bid deal with Russia to construct a liquified natural-gas (LNG) pipeline that runs from Karachi to Lahore. Economic Times reports:

Under the partnership, Russia will provide $2 billion to lay a 1,100-km pipeline from Karachi to Lahore for supplying LNG that will be imported from Qatar and other countries. Pakistan will award the contract to Russia without inviting bids.

It is the first major economic cooperation deal since the 1970s when former Soviet Union helped to set up a steel mill in Karachi and also supported Oil and Gas Development Company.

Relations between the two countries are improving after 40-year of hostility during the Cold War in which Pakistan was in the anti-Soviet Union camp and had been instrumental in the Soviet pullout from Afghanistan in 1980s.

Energy-starved Pakistan likely to sign $2 billion pipeline deal with Russia - The Economic Times

ISLAMABAD: Energy-starved Pakistan is likely to sign a $2 billion deal with Russia for laying a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline from Karachi to Lahore, a sign of increasing ties between the Cold War-era adversaries. The deal is expected to be signed next month during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Moscow to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

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Jul 01, 2015 23:11 (GMT)
The plan comes just weeks after Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Russia. The two countries are scheduled to hold their first-ever joint military drills, and after recent talks Russia announced that talks were under way for the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport to sell four four Mil Mi-35M (Hind E) helicopters to Pakistan.

Russia ready to sell four Mi-35M combat helicopters to Pakistan - source

ITAR-TASS/Tina Shaposhnikova MOSCOW, June 17. /TASS/. Russia has sent Pakistan a draft contract on the delivery of four Mil Mi-35M (NATO reporting name: Hind E) combat helicopters, a source in the Russian system of military and technical cooperation said on Wednesday.

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Jul 01, 2015 23:16 (GMT)

The Russian state news agency Voice of America reported on recent cooperation between the two countries.

“In the last two years, we have had more high level visits between the two countries than in the past many years,” Tariq Fatemi, Pakistan’s minister of state for foreign affairs said in a policy speech.

“These have included ministers of power, energy, petroleum, finance, defense, foreign affairs, the army chief, and the chiefs of the other services,” Fatemi added

-- James Miller