Pakistan was keen to “build a strong multi-dimensional relationship” with Russia

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan was keen to “build a strong multi-dimensional relationship” with Russia, considering it a “priority with a new significant approach”.

Welcoming the visit of a Russian foreign minister “in almost a decade”, he said Pakistan regarded Russia an as “important factor” in the stability of region.

Qureshi mentioned that the talks focused on strengthening cooperation in trade, energy, security and cooperation at United Nations and said, “In our cooperation, sky is the limit”.

He said Pakistan in view of its energy needs could greatly benefit from Russia.

Qureshi said the two countries had scope to cooperate within framework of Pak-Russia Security Dialogue and thanked the Russian foreign minister for acknowledging Pakistan’s role in anti-terrorism.

He mentioned briefing his Russian counterpart the situation at Pakistan’s border with India.

He expressed confidence that visit of Russian foreign minister would “deepen friendship and high-level contacts” between the two countries.

In response to a question, Qureshi said Pakistan had registered the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik in the country which was yielding good results.

He said Pakistan was looking forward for the Russian collaboration for local production of vaccine.

The Russian foreign minister said his government had provided 50, 000 doses to Pakistan and intended to supply more 150, 000 doses.