Were There Other Options: Pakistan-Russia Relations


  • V.Y. Belokrenitsky Head of Center for the Study of Near and Middle Eastern Countries, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


The topic of the paper was suggested to me by the Honourable Organizer of the Conference, Chairman of the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs and Chief Editor of ‘Pakistan Horizon’ Dr Masuma Hasan. I am privileged to maintain contacts with her for the last more than 30 years and was glad to see her in Moscow in 2018 when my Institute celebrated 200 years since its foundation. The theme seems quite topical and comparatively novel though there are many works dealing with bilateral relations, mainly Pakistani and Russian. The novelty lies in the question of whether the path of the relationship was predetermined and by what factors. The quest is significant at present as Pakistan is searching for the new role for itself in international affairs and, according to the Concept note of the present conference “moves closer to Russia” as well as to other countries “in the wider region”.