Russia Lifts Weapons Embargo On Pakistan

  • Our Bureau
  • 12:09 PM, June 4, 2014
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Russia has lifted an embargo on weapons deliveries to Pakistan and is negotiating the sale of Mi-35 helicopters to Islamabad, Sergei Chemezov, head of state-owned technology corporation Rostec, told Itar-Tass on Monday.

The potential sale to Pakistan could creat tension between India and Russia, who is also New Delhi's largest arms supplier. 

In 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, seemingly took offense to Indian journalists asking him whether Moscow could supply Pakistan with weapons in future, according to the Voice of Russia. 

Russia "always cooperates with India to ensure safety in the region. We have never created problems for India, unlike other countries. If someone says differently, spit in their face," Rogozin was quoted as saying.

 

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