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Imran meets Putin, discusses bilateral ties

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MOSCOW: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is underway, with both leaders discussing bilateral relations and other important matters.

The one-on-one three-hour-long meeting comes amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

PM Imran Khan will also discuss issues including economic cooperation hours after several Western nations hit Russia with new sanctions for its military deployment into parts of eastern Ukraine.

PM Imran Khan arrived in Moscow on a two-day official visit yesterday, where he was received at the airport by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister and presented with a guard of honor at the airport.

PM is set to push for the construction of a long-delayed, multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline to be built in collaboration with Russian companies.

“Both countries are eager to launch the project at the earliest,” Pakistan’s energy ministry spokesman told Reuters about the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline. He confirmed that Energy Minister Hammad Azhar is accompanying Khan on the visit.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday laid a wreath at ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial dedicated to the Soviet troops fallen during World War II.

Earlier, the Pakistani premier visited the memorial at the Kremlin Wall and paid his respects to the soldiers.

The national anthems of Pakistan and Russia were played on the occasion as the prime minister observed a moment of silence in respect for the fallen troops. After two decades, this is the first visit by a Pakistani prime minister to Russia.

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