In addition to gas, Russia has offered to give Pakistan wheat in the wake of devastating floods and in consideration of the prospect of food shortages that may develop in the wake of the deluge, according to Pakistan’s defense minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday.
At a press conference in Islamabad, he disclosed, “Russia has suggested that it can offer us wheat because in the future days as we may have shortages […].”
A day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation arrived home from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference in Uzbekistan, the minister made his remarks.
The premier spoke with a number of international leaders during his two-day trip to Samarkand, where the annual Council of Heads of State was held, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In one of these meetings on Thursday, Putin revealed that the required infrastructure was already in place and that pipeline gas shipment to Pakistan was feasible.
Additionally, the two presidents pledged to increase and develop bilateral ties in all areas of mutual interest, including commerce, investment, energy, security, and food security.
Today, Asif revealed the development in a media interview.
They claimed they could provide us with gas. According to Russia, there are gas pipelines in Central Asian nations that might be extended to reach Pakistan via Afghanistan. These discussions have happened, he clarified.
According to the minister, President Putin also valued Pakistan’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict both domestically and globally.