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Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov at PIIA

Karachi: – Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov said the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor for the Sikh pilgrims across the border showed Pakistan’s commitment towards peace in the region. The ambassador, speaking at Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on the topic of “Russia’s Stabilising Role inSouth Asia” on December 14th, 2018.

The Russian ambassador said his country believed in strengthening bilateral relations between Islamabad and Moscow, and Peace Mission 2018 was a testament to the fact.

Dedov said, “Dynamic changes in the region have occurred as on the one hand we have globalization and technology progress while on the other hand we are facing international terrorism, drugs and human trafficking which changes the International landscape so quickly.” Responding to a question, Dedovsaid Russia stands in favour of democratic Afghanistan.

Ambassador Dedov said that the Russia Federation stood at the forefront of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. “Russia has made unprecedented contribution to the progress of this by cutting down its nuclear capacity by 85 per cent over the last 30years,” he said.

Another importantissue, according to Mr Dedov, is the prevention of the arms race in outer spaceand thus excluding outer space from becoming a new arena and another battleground for military confrontation.

“Thus Russia,China and Pakistan along with many others are promoting this and are innegotiation to stop weapons from going into outer space,” he said, adding that Russia was also working with Pakistan to counter terrorism.

Mr Dedov discussed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which is also called Shanghai Pact, apolitical, economic and security alliance led by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

Mr Dedov said: “The international community needs to respond to global challenges and threats in a comprehensive manner and with combined efforts under the coordination of the United Nations”.

“Russia is one of the largest global economies and one of the leading countries in science and technology, a permanent member of the UNSC and part of other groups such as SCO, Asean, which work towards a more sustainable world order,” he added.

He also discussed the problems of international terrorism, the drug trade and organised crime.

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