Vladimir Putin’s Russian military attacked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv last week, thus raging a full blown war between the countries. The war has already claimed thousands of lives in the form of death, injury and various other casualties.
Naturally, it is expected that various sanctions have been imposed on Russia and Putin himself in order to quell the barrage of attacks. However, amongst the many countries who strongly oppose Putin’s actions come the ones who refuse to take sides alongside the ones who actually agree with the Russian President. Pakistan is one of the countries who has not actively imposed any sanctions on Russia, instead choosing to visit the country for the first time in two decades!
What Does Pakistan Have In Mind?
We would like to believe that our neighbouring country would have imposed economic sanctions on Russia as well in wake of the carnage being carried in the name of nationality. Pakistan refusing to pay back loans would be hilarious indeed, however, reality is extremely different.
The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and various other Western powers have imposed strict economic sanctions on Russia. This move was triggered by the infiltration of the Russia military into various parts of the east of Ukraine.
In the wake of this news, the Prime Minister of Pakistan has decided to visit Russia to sit down and have a chat with President Putin. During his two day visit he will attempt to reach an understanding with Putin concerning their bilateral ties and expanding cooperation in the energy sector.
Imran Khan will be accompanied by a team of high-level delegation composed of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoos Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood and National Security Adviser DR. Moeed Yusuf. Sources have suggested that the existence of bilateral ties between the two countries will be the highlight of the visit.
“During the Summit meeting, the two leaders will review the entire array of bilateral relations including energy cooperation. They will also have a wide-ranging exchange of views on major regional and international issues, including Islamophobia and the situation in Afghanistan,” the Foreign Office of Pakistan announced.
What Did Pakistan Actually Decide On?
Well, in a turn of events, Pakistan has decided to show their utmost support to Putin’s Russia. Imran Khan’s visit last week ended with a wheat and natural gas deal between Pakistan and Russia. The Pakistani Prime Minister announced that he would import two million tonnes of wheat and natural gas from Russia. This deal is being linked to the growing closeness between the two countries. Imran Khan has also invited Vladimir Putin to come visit Pakistan at his convenience.
As Russia faces absolute internal isolation, China and Pakistan have rushed forward to offer their support so that the Russian economy does not crumble anymore. Reportedly, China signed a billion dollar gas deal with Russia. The deal was signed by President Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping themselves. It is a strong belief among most that Imran Khan has signed the wheat deal only at the behest of China.
What Is The Fallout From This Decision?
The first day of March marked the day when the top diplomats of 22 countries came together to jointly call on the Government of Pakistan to support a resolution in the United Nation General Assembly which condemns Russian aggression against Ukraine.
“As heads of mission to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, we urge Pakistan to join us in condemning Russia’s actions,” said the joint statement signed by envoys from all the twenty two countries which include the European Union member states such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as the other major countries such as Australia, Greece, Canada, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and Britain.
The resolution needs two-thirds support to be approved. Pakistan has definitely expressed concern about the fallout from the invasion but has not condemned it at all. Before visiting Russia last week, Imran Khan declared that the Ukraine crisis had nothing to do with his country who did not want to join either of the blocs.
However, the fact remains that the European Union along with the United States is Pakistan’s biggest market for export now that Pakistan has begun expanding ties with Russia on various projects including energy.
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