Pakistan’s bid to buy a consignment of 50,000 new-generation Kalashnikov rifles from Russia has been rejected by the latter’s government, reports The Print. Apart from informing India about the same, Russia has also made an assurance that in the future as well, it will no enter into any military contracts with Pakistan.
The Pakistan Army already uses the AK-56 model of the Kalashnikov series, albeit manufactured by China.
Indian intelligence agencies and authorities have been keeping close scrutiny of Pakistan’s attempts to build a military partnership with Russia, even as the country has now become increasingly isolated from the US, which was earlier a major source of arms for Islamabad.
Previously, in 2015, Russia and Pakistan had entered into a contract for the supply of four Mi-35M attack helicopters by the former to the latter. The armies of the two countries also had their first joint-military exercise in 2016.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.