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Pakistan and Russia agreed to boost defense cooperation during a meeting on Monday between Russian Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) Colonel General Vladimir V Chirkin and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi to discuss military collaboration between the two countries.The two generals discussed matters of mutual interest with emphasis on improving defence cooperation, army-to-army relations the security situation in the region, especially in Afghanistan post 2014.
General Chirkin also attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Shuhada Monument and was presented a guard of honour by a contingent of the Pakistan Army.The general also met Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Khalid Shameem Wynne.
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They discussed cooperation between the two armies.
“The regional situation with an emphasis on Afghanistan was also discussed during the meeting,” said an official statement
released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The Russian commander’s visit is a follow-up of the major breakthrough between the two countries for boosting military ties.
Russia and Pakistan share a history of strained military relations, especially in wake of the 1979 Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Following the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) invasion of Afghanistan, Pakistan had supported the Afghan mujahideen.
The USSR forces were defeated and the UUSR consequently disintegrated.
Talks on military cooperation began in May 25, 2011 when the then Russian Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Alexander Postnikov visited Pakistan and met General Kayani and other military commanders.
He was the first Russian senior military official to visit Pakistan after the 1980s Afghan war.
In October 2012, General Kayani visited Russia where he was received by General Chirkin.
This visit paved the way for future Pakistan-Russia defence ties.