ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relationship with Russia, which was based on mutual respect and similarity of views on various regional and international issues. Prime Minister was talking to the outgoing Russian Ambassador, Mr Sergey Nikllayevish Peskov who paid a farewell call on him at the PM House Friday afternoon. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan would like to start new era of relations with Russia by setting aside the past and moving ahead with full vigour to promote bilateral cooperation in multi-dimensional fields. The also Prime Minister observed that Pakistan and Russia had been taking identical positions on issues of common interest at multi-lateral forums and supporting each other's candidatures at the UN. He expressed the hope that this cooperation would further strengthen in future. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan was keen to benefit from the Russian expertise in nuclear technology for civilian purposes. There had been useful exchanges between the nuclear agencies of the two countries which cooperation in the civilian use of nuclear technology was discussed, he added. The Prime Minister told the Russian Ambassador that Pakistan and Russia had great potential to collaborate in the energy sectors. "We want Russian Companies to invest in the energy and communication corridors being constructed to link Central Asian with South Asia," he said and added that lucrative investment and joint collaboration opportunities also existed in Pakistan for the Russian public and private sectors in expansion of Railways, construction of coal thermal and hydel power generation station and upstream and downstream oil and gas fields. The signing of PTA would strengthen bilateral trade and will offset the huge imbalance, he said. The Prime Minister emphasised the need for high level contacts as well as people-to-people contact, particularly the engagement of youth of the two countries. In response to the Russian Ambassador's mention of existence of Russian-Pakistan Parliamentary League, the Prime Minister stated that the new parliament of Pakistan would soon establish a similar league to broaden the contacts and exchange between the people's representatives of the both countries.