Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Image: AP/PTI)
Islamabad: According to The News International, Russian Consul General Andrey Viktorovich Fedrov said he was not aware of any oil deal between Russia and Pakistan.
Speaking in an interview, he said that former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a range of issues at the meeting earlier this year, but did not know the details of any oil purchase agreements claimed by Khan. They didn’t know about it. , reported The News International.
Fedorov further said that trade relations between Russia and Pakistan were affected due to illegal sanctions by the West and both countries are currently experiencing friendly bilateral relations as Russia considers Islamabad a friendly country.
He described Western countries as an obstacle in resolving the Ukraine-Russia conflict, saying that “whenever the process of peaceful negotiations begins, it is ruined by Washington,” The News International reported.
Expressing the Kremlin’s desire to promote ties between Russia and Pakistan, Federov said, “Russia can prove to be an important trade partner for Pakistan in many sectors, including oil, gas and energy; And can also assist Russia in various fields including medicine.
“If trade and economic cooperation between Asian countries, including China, Russia, and European countries improve, the United States will have no role in the region and as a result will not be able to destabilize the region,” he said. Told.
Speaking about the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Fedorov said that the Kremlin had been trying to resolve the issue through diplomatic dialogue for the past eight years. However, a special operation was launched against Ukraine after the issues with diplomacy were not resolved, The News International reported.
Earlier, Pakistan’s former Energy Minister Hammad Azhar had claimed that the PTI government was “intensely engaged with the Russian Energy Ministry for subsidized crude oil supplies, however, the Shahbaz Sharif government stopped talks with Russia”. Was.
Amid a fragile economic and domestic situation in Pakistan, the economy is passing through a period of severe inflation, rising debt and poor industrial performance. Pakistan imports wheat, pulses, sugar etc. After the global crisis, especially the Ukraine conflict, prices of almost everything have come to a halt.
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