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Russia says it "strongly" supports the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project as it is crucial for Pakistan's economy and regional connectivity.

According to an interview on Radio Pakistan, this was stated by Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov.

Dedov pointed out that CPEC is a component of China's Silk Road and his country was also working on a similar Eurasian Economic Union. He added that China and Russia are holding discussions to merge the two projects.

Asked about Pakistan's North-South gas pipeline project, the Russian Ambassador said they are eager to finalise the project at the soonest.

The ambassador said the two countries are closely cooperating in different areas but there is a need to enhance the volume of bilateral trade.

About the MI-35 gunship helicopter deal between the two countries, he said the contract has already been signed and it is now for the officials concerned to define a time-frame for the purpose.

Replying to a question, the Russian ambassador said his country wants Pakistan and India to resolve all issues including Jammu and Kashmir through peaceful means.

He said Pakistan and Russia are also closely cooperating in efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan.

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Salahuddin Dec 17, 2016 03:41pm

Thanks Russia.Hope two countries benefit from each others vast potentials

Ali Dec 17, 2016 03:54pm

This message for other, "Better to think t business than wars".

Fast Dec 17, 2016 03:59pm

So CPEC and Russian Eurasian economic corridor are going to be one strong economic corridor. That will double game changer. And it's center point will be Gawadar Inshallah. Hoping for the best for all region.

Fast Dec 17, 2016 04:05pm

CPEC is not against any country. We welcome all the countries in the region and beyond to play a positive part to complete this project as this is a real game changer for whole the region.

Abdul Dec 17, 2016 04:09pm

Is Russia not supposed to be with India on Pak global isolation?

Naz Dec 17, 2016 04:18pm

@Abdul no clearly not except in Modi's dream world

Khwarezmi Dec 17, 2016 04:23pm

A new political map is emerging in Asia with players like China, Pakistan, Iran, Russin and a few others. India has chosen to follow the path of aggression against the Muslim majority states of Kashmir and Pakistan and see any economic gains and the betterment of the Pakistani people as something bad which must be damaged by proxies from their position in Afghanistan and even directly with agents like Kolboshan Yadevs.

Rohail Dec 17, 2016 04:36pm

Now who is isolating?

Zak from panama Dec 17, 2016 04:47pm

Very soon US will follow Russia. Little doubt that with all this support Pakistan is gradually emerging as the Leader of Central Asia. For a while Pakistan should ignore Indian by not heeding to her request for bilateral talks.Once CPEC is fully operational,Pakistan will have cutting edge over her..and India will have to come to sensible terms with Pakistan on Kashmir and Water Treaty. Hegemony will end before behemoth !!

Iftikhar Husain Dec 17, 2016 04:52pm

Good news for Pakistan because Russia is now the power in the world.

faisal iok Dec 17, 2016 05:17pm


Adeel Saleem Dec 17, 2016 05:23pm

Now war are economical, thats how we can beat Indian fanatic government and its more premier Modi

M. Asghar Dec 17, 2016 05:33pm

Pakistan has to put its house in order to be the worthy initiator and operator of the CPEC with China along with Russia, Iran and other countries.

KARACHIwala Dec 17, 2016 05:34pm

The silence across the border is deafening. As always on all these good news for Pakistan. Wish the neighbor quit the hate induced by their short sighted leaders.

ZEALOT Dec 17, 2016 05:34pm

Thanks Russia and well done

IMran Dec 17, 2016 05:40pm

Russia must play its role in the region like china. Iran china Pakistan and Russia can make a good allaince to strengthen the region. Indian and American ties are a threat to this region.

KT Dec 17, 2016 05:47pm

CPEC passes thru Gilgit-Blatistan which is heaven on earth for its clean clear unpolluted environment stress should be given to maximize transport by trains and minimize pollution by trucks which emit diesel residue. Also some part of this land will be permanently used for road hence toll or little profit share should be allotted to preserve environment of the region.

Hemant Dec 17, 2016 06:19pm

What a happy moment for many in Pakistan for just few statement from an ambesedor of a country, whoes normal job is to keep relation with hosting country cordial (exception Mr. bashit)

Unfortunately this ambesedor is from Russia and not from USSR becuase of their historical cordial relation Pakistan. Of course both of them have to now do some good work because problem of Afghanistan that they are trying to recover now started by them!!

SK Dec 17, 2016 06:21pm


So CPEC will boost tourism industry too ! Really a Game Changer Project.

JAMIL SOOMRO, NEW YORK CITY Dec 17, 2016 06:24pm

The Russian Ambassador Mr.Alexey Dedov appears to be a seasoned Politician to have given such a positive and encouraging news on CPEC to the Pakistani Media which goes beyond CPEC and touches Pakistan's neighbours too.

baba Dec 17, 2016 06:25pm

Thank you Russia and China , this is how you do things to stabilize this world, and what i heard from Pakistani people they Love Russians and China, most of the west use Pakistan for their interest, and they forget one thing that Pakistanis are very very smart people and you can't make fool out of them.It takes years to win ones heart soul and mind, China got that, Russia on her way but the West lost credibility forever. Good Luck CPEC,

baba Dec 17, 2016 06:35pm

It takes one evil minded leader to ruine a country ,India got very wrong this time by having Mr Modi. May god bless Indians for picking her normal PM, this one going to cost them big time. Modi has zero and will have zero effect on Pakistan, jus t because Pakistan does not care of the WEST, and finaly Pakistan got the right people on board (RUSSIA

Zak Dec 17, 2016 06:53pm

How Russia is speaking only with china about merging CPEC and Euresian corridor when the whole CPEC is passing through Pakistan. They should discuss with pakistan first and get its consent and financial discussions can be done China later. We shouldnt allow china to dictate things where pak is also invloved.

shahid Dec 17, 2016 07:00pm

Iran and Turkey both need to be a part of CPEC

Salam namaste Dec 17, 2016 07:11pm

@baba Please just focus on Pakistan and stop thinking about India. They have chosen leader and both are working together for development.

Ali Dec 17, 2016 08:16pm

Russia's support for CPEC is greatly welcomed by the people of Pakistan. This exciting trade route will promote progress and prosperity for the region, which is vital for peace in the region. The US and other countries supporting peace and progress in the region, should also support this historic trade route. This is important for regional and world peace.

Madora Dec 17, 2016 08:25pm

Russia is the rational super power.

viv Dec 17, 2016 09:10pm

surprising reaction by people here as no country will protest any other country's economic projects unless there are direct disputes between them.meanwhile Tajikistan and India are mulling use of Chabahar for central Asian trade in today's meeting between both PMs.

Ouzzy Dec 17, 2016 09:15pm

This is now getting way outa hand. We pakistanis cant stand more. We are literally at breaking point. Soo much isolation from the world. Every week news of isolation is killing me....... wait.....what?.......

SKS Dec 17, 2016 09:52pm

@Ouzzy-wait every country is waiting to invest in CPEC and in the airport with money waiting for clearance. All countries fear that without CPEC there is no future so the next UN & UN chief is going to held & to be from Pakistan........

viv Dec 17, 2016 10:13pm

@ZAK He was talking about merging of silk road and Eurasian corridor that's why they are consulting only China.

M Hussain Dec 17, 2016 10:24pm

Pakistan must throttle from all cylinders sets on all fronts , diplomatically, culturally, economically, technologically ...... but above all on its internal education programme .

The ultimate & lasting strength for Pakistan lies in getting its vast youth highly educated. A knowledgeable , skilled & talented nation will overcome all adversities . Pak Government should make it a law for compulsory state education until the age of 18 years across the country .

Counterpoint Dec 17, 2016 10:41pm

Game changer? But for whom & how?

Junaid Khan Dec 17, 2016 10:46pm

Why there is talk between Russia and China ..we should be also equal partner in discussion as it passes through Pakistan

Anwar Mahmood Dec 17, 2016 11:10pm

Russia supported 100 billion dollars super China highway that goes all the way into Europe and so is Russia supporting this CPEC.

Any trade expansion must be welcome by all as it brings prosperity.

But this CPEC could become even bigger than 100 billion dollars super highway of China working good for many tears.It looks like China will build gas pipe lines to boost its gas use which needs urgent boost to to over 12 trillion cubic feet use a year.

CPEC will be like Trans Canada Highway, which was soon followed by build up of over 60 billion dollars Trans Canada Pipe line to ship 3 trillion cubic feet of gas per year.If China imports 5 trillion cubic feet of gas from middle east in future, CPEC will have big over 100 billion dollars gas pipeline sister besides initial 46 billion dollars investment.

Zak Dec 17, 2016 11:15pm

@Khwarezmi India has more number of Muslim than Pakistan. Please keep you sentiments aside and talk about the issue

ORIGINAL Zak Dec 17, 2016 11:19pm

@Zak why don't you put your money on CPEC than.

Anwar Mahmood Dec 17, 2016 11:25pm

CPEC could have pipeline system to supply gas to China as big as Trans Canada pipeline and Enbridge pipeline that are over 120 billion dollars investment to transport over 6 trillion cubic feet gas per year and China may need even more than that.

Pakistan could benefit lot as pipe line to China passage as China is desperate to fill its gas use shortfall. Canada benefits lots from its transport export of over 4 trillion cubic feet gas to America via Trans Canada Pipeline and Enbridge pipeline besides building an other new pipeline Keystone to export gas to US.

China could even set up oil refining in Pakistan to ship value added refined products gasoline and diesel via Pakistan instead of shipping crude oil via Pakistan by trains or trucks.Gasoline and diesel sell at about 1600 dollars per ton or 220 dollars per barrel instead of crude oil selling at 50 dollars per barrel. That will be economic and good transport via Pakistan to China.

Anwar Mahmood Dec 17, 2016 11:28pm

Building oil refineries in Pakistan besides building gas to China pipelines makes sense. The heavily expanded CPEC related transports will need gasoline and diesel use and new built refineries will fit in well. Chinese built refineries and gas pipelines can also supply some to Pakistan and shiip to China as well.

Pakistan economy can get mega boost and bring prosperity to the people there.

Khan Dec 17, 2016 11:33pm

It was great timing to befriend Russia, since Trumps administration is so pro-Russia, they might stick up for us.

Zak Dec 18, 2016 12:37am

@Zak it's brilliant if pakistan also joins euro asian corridor. Our goods will be in Europe. This region is developing very fast. Dinasaurs are becoming extinct, because they did not change with the times.

Bismillaah Dec 18, 2016 12:37am

Clever Russia wants to take advantage of China's 46 billion dollar investment with much less dollar Russian investment. China should show Russia the exit door.

Zak Dec 18, 2016 12:39am

China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey. A powerful grouping. Others left behind in the dust.

Nadim Dec 18, 2016 12:49am

Once CPEC implemented, we will be the superpower

Sahir Dec 18, 2016 01:49am

great news, it would've been so nice by now if Pakistan had Russia as friend instead of DO MORE DO MORE friends. Unlike the Americans, the Chinese and Russians value friendship and it is time that we also understand the value of their friendship.

Sahir Dec 18, 2016 01:46am

great news, it would've been so nice by now if Pakistan had Russia as friend instead of DO MORE DO MORE friends. Unlike the Americans, the Chinese and Russians value friendship and it is time that we also understand the value of their friendship.

Oommen Dec 18, 2016 02:33am

Again CPEC !!! But what will Pakistan export ?

Shaukat Dec 18, 2016 04:53am

@viv , Chahbahar is a very small harbor for very small cargo ships very much INSIDE the coastal line and capacity with only 3 births, only 2 births can be used for loading/unloading while the 3rd one for emergencies for unknown, whereas Gawadar, is a deep Sea harbor which has a capacity to accommodate super duper cargo ships.Iran is smart they are not spending a Penny for their own for this limited used project that's why Iranian foreign minister visited Pakistan in September, 2016 to partcipate in CPECK route to get a nod from Pakistan when it is operational which it has already. If Chahbahr is so fesible for Iran whey they are so eager to join CPECK?

MYpak Dec 18, 2016 07:22am

@Zak - isn't Pak a state of China? Anyway foreign policy of Pak is dictated by China. So doesn't matter whether Pak is consulted or not.

Rehman Dec 18, 2016 10:01am

@Abdul no. Russia understand situation.he support Pak. Instead if india