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Pakistan in talks with Russia for procurement of sophisticated arms: Report

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  • “We are in negotiations with Russia [on air defence systems] and once we conclude those, we will make an announcement,” PakistanDefence Minister Khurram Khan said.
  • Khan also said Islamabad was interested in acquiring T-90 tanks from Moscow as part of a long-term deal.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is in direct talks with Russia for the procurement of sophisticated military hardware, including air defence systems, fighter jets and battle tanks, a media report said on Saturday. Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan confirmed that Islamabad was interested in buying weapons from Moscow in an interview to the Russian news agency Sputnik, The Express Tribune reported. “Air defence system is a different kind of weapon we are interested in. We are very much interested in a very wide range of the Russian weapons technology. We are in negotiations [on air defence systems] and once we conclude those, we will make an announcement,” Khan said. The defence minister also outlined that Islamabad was interested in acquiring T-90 tanks from Moscow as part of a long-term deal rather than committing itself to a single purchase. “We are interested in T-90 tanks and it is not going to be a one-time purchase, but a long-term commitment,” Khan was quoted as saying by the agency. He added that negotiations for the purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets are in their early stages, and an agreement in this regard may be reached “in the next few years”, according to the Russian website. The defence minister noted that both Pakistan and Russia were interested in a stable and democratic Afghanistan.

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