Ambassador of Russia to Pakistan, Alexey Y. Dedov has said, “Russia says it strongly support China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as it is crucial for Pakistan's economy and regional connectivity.”

In an interview with Radio Pakistan, he pointed out that, “CPEC is component of China's Silk Road and his country was also working on a similar Eurasian Economic Union and China and Russia are holding discussions to merge the two projects.”

Responding to a question about North-South gas pipeline project of Pakistan Government, the Russian Ambassador said they are eager to realize the project at the soonest.

The Ambassador said, “The two countries are closely cooperating in different areas but there is need to enhance the volume of bilateral trade.”

About 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 timeframe for the purpose.”

Replying to a question, the Russian Ambassador said, “Russia 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.”