Though President Vlsfimit Putin’s postponement of the visit to Pakistan had set rumourmongers to churn out speculation, it recedes in the background with the arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s today who has come with the Kremlin’s warm wishes to set the stage for what could possibly become a lasting partnership. Since the news of Putin’s visit had generated enormous expectations, its deferment was sure to cause some dismay. It is yet noteworthy that it has been temporarily put off due to ‘technical hitches’ relating to holding of the Quadrilateral summit and hence not a rebuff. What is more, COAS General Kayani too has gone ahead with his planned trip to Moscow, a development that is seen as a signpost to growing relationship. Pak-Russia friendship holds great promise for their own as well as the region’s wellbeing. As the reality on the ground is making it more and more clear, Islamabad cannot go on putting all its eggs in one basket; it has to hedge its bets in times of turmoil in its immediate neighbourhood. We have to have more friends than we do at the moment and especially those reliable enough to be trusted when we need them the most.