It is important to note that President Putin called Prime Minister Khan before US President Joe Biden.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to call Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday was a turning point in bilateral relations between the two countries, which has been improving rapidly over the past few years. According to the official reading of the Kremlin call:
Discussing the situation in Afghanistan, the two sides stressed the importance of maintaining peace and security in the country, preventing violence and establishing inter-Afghan dialogue that would facilitate the formation of a comprehensive government that would facilitate all sections of the population. Keeping in mind the interests of the population.
It was agreed to coordinate perspectives on the Afghan issue in both bilateral and multilateral formats. At the same time, it was noted that it would be appropriate to use the SCO’s capabilities to ensure regional stability and the fight against terrorism and the drug threat.
The two sides discussed a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda, including the development of trade and economic relations, and the implementation of joint projects in the energy and humanitarian sectors. Russian-Pakistani ties will be intensified at various levels.
This represents for the first time the acknowledged recognition that Russia has come to rely on Pakistan to advance its interests, in the context of stabilizing Afghanistan following the Taliban’s rapid takeover of power earlier this month. Is. This shows that their developing partnership has finally begun to take on strategic dimensions.
The Afghan crisis is currently at the forefront of the world, but it is only Pakistan and Russia that have a real chance to shape events in this country through their relations with the Taliban. The Islamabad area has been popular and cultivated for decades, while Moscow is relatively new, and my latest analysis by the Russian International Affairs Council described it as “Russia and the Taliban: From Rhetorical Challenges to Opportunities.” Has gone
In short, one of the most widely overlooked consequences of the recent Russian-Pakistani partnership was Islamabad, which sought to facilitate relations with the same Moscow group that the Kremlin still officially considers a terrorist. Nevertheless, it is practically involved in the interests of regional peace and security. The Eurasian superpower sees the Taliban as an anti-ISIS group and hopes to stabilize Afghanistan as soon as possible so that its regional connectivity and 3 3 trillion in minerals can be estimated.
The first mentioned goal refers to the February agreement on the construction of the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan (PAKAFUZ) railway, which Russia could eventually use to reach the Indian Ocean, as it has for centuries. Second, it will not only enrich Russia, but also provide the much-needed revenue to redistribute the Taliban to their desired society and reinvest in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. These goals are mutually beneficial and complementary, so why are they being prioritized?
They cannot be completed without Pakistan’s cooperation, although Islamabad clearly shares their goals. The South Asian state wants to use PAKAFUZ to serve the Central Asian Republic (CARs) as a global market access point, and it is also hoped that Afghanistan will rebuild itself after the end of the war. Will The influence that Pakistan and Russia have with the Taliban today can be used to further the group’s goal of forming a comprehensive government and to ensure that it cuts ties with terrorists.
Such an outcome will not be the end of the Russian-Pakistani partnership, but the beginning of a whole new era of bilateral relations that they are both striving for. Russia wants to include Pakistan in its Greater Eurasian Partnership, to end which Afghanistan must first build a stable and secure Pakistan. After achieving these interconnected goals, Moscow can diversify its economic ties with Islamabad beyond the flagship project of its Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline and in the commercial sector.
For that to happen, Russia and Pakistan must work more closely than ever to make better use of their influence with the Taliban, which explains why President Putin began his call with Prime Minister Khan. Of It symbolically signaled that Moscow was delaying Islamabad’s expertise in this area in order to increase the chances of opening up mutual opportunities for which it hopes to use the Kabul route. It also symbolically shows that the two former rivals have truly put the past behind them and are ready to work together to chart a new future.
Not only that, but it is important to note that before US President Joe Biden, President Putin called Prime Minister Khan, who did not speak to the Pakistani leader despite being a so-called “major non-NATO ally” in the South Asian state. And it is essential for the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan. Therefore, the Russian leader showed that he respects his Pakistani counterpart more than his American counterpart, which indicates how seriously the strategic dynamics in South Asia are changing.
However, Russian-Indian relations are still strong as President Putin spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before calling his Pakistani counterpart, so one should not assume that the latest developments will lead to his resignation. There will be a breakdown in the relationship. Rather, Russia is only showing the world that it has truly balanced its South Asian strategy, a new model of regional engagement since Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s first visit to Pakistan in nine years in April. Is based on
Russia has undoubtedly returned to South Asia since the beginning of the year, and in a more balanced way than ever before. Although India will still be the Kremlin’s top partner, Pakistan will not be ignored as in the past. In fact, Russia today needs Pakistan to advance its regional interests, which ultimately lie with Islamabad itself, especially in Afghanistan. Their mutual adoption of geoeconomics has led them to formulate their respective grand strategy for Greater Eurasian Partnership and CPEC + completion through PakFs.
Considering the context in which President Putin launched his call to Prime Minister Khan, which included not only the Afghan crisis but also the visit of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to every neighbor of Afghanistan besides China. Yes, there is no question that Russia nowadays relies on close ties with Pakistan to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan. This observation marks an important moment in their relations and shows that they finally Has begun to take on strategic dimensions.