Putin pivots to Pakistan in another blow to U.S. strategic interests

Russian President Vladimir Putin, once derided by Barack Obama as presiding over a “regional power,” is demonstrating Russia’s global reach not only in Syria and Ukraine but with new economic and political initiatives involving Pakistan.

Putin was in Islamabad, this fall meeting with senior Pakistani officials to solidify the burgeoning bilateral relationship.

Russian officials announced that they were prepared to build a natural gas pipeline that would supply energy-starved Pakistan – which faces a daily natural gas shortage of two billion cubic feet – that would run through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has received approval for his ministry to lift an embargo on arms sales to Pakistan at a time when Pakistan is seeking to reduce its dependence on the United States.

Full article: Putin pivots to Pakistan in another blow to U.S. strategic interests (World Tribune)

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