A Russian Army contingent arrived to take part in the third edition of a joint bilateral military training exercise, the Pakistan Army said.
The two armies will be holding joint military drills in the mountains of northwestern Pakistan which will continue till November 4.
This will be the third joint military drill between Pakistan and Russia under the bilateral training cooperation agreement, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Army.
The agreement was signed during the visit of Deputy Defense Minister of Russia Colonel General Alexander Fomin to Islamabad to participate in the first Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC) meeting on security and defense.
Russia and Pakistan have been holding the ‘Friendship’ drills since 2016. In October 2016, they held their first-ever joint military exercise in Pakistan. In 2017, over 200 servicemen took part in the drills, hosted by Russia at Minralney Vody in the North Caucasus at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level.
Pakistan’s defense ties with Russia have moved past the bitter Cold War hostilities in recent years and the chill in the relations between Pakistan and the US has further pushed the country towards Russia and China. Pakistan has shown eagerness to build defense level ties with Russia.
Russia has over the past three years provided four Mi-35M combat and cargo helicopters to Pakistan.