MOSCOW : Russian arms supplies to Pakistan are not aimed against third countries, said Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Wednesday. "We are indeed in talks with our Pakistani partners about Russian assistance in strengthening counterterrorist and anti-drug potential of Islamabad, including through the delivery of a batch of Mi-35 helicopters. Helicopters have previously been delivered to Pakistan, while the overall military-technical cooperation with the country dates back to 1960s," said in the statement.
"Russian-Pakistani collaboration in this area does not designate a change in the current military strategic balance in the region and is not directed against third countries," it said.
Head of Russian Rostec Corporation, a high-tech industrial producer and exporter, Sergei Chemezov, said earlier that Russia had decided to lift the embargo on arms and machinery deliveries to Pakistan.
A source at Pakistan's foreign ministry told RIA Novosti that Russia never officially adhered to the embargo. Later, Rostec said no embargo had ever been in place.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 05-Jun-2014