CHINA ISN’T THE ONLY COUNTRY RUSSIA ENDED A SELF-IMPOSED EMBARGO ON ARMS SALES
PAKISTAN IS TURNING TO. IN 2014, TO PAKISTAN
relationship between Washington and New Delhi. US sales of $4.4 billion worth of aircraft and helicopters to India over the past three years were second to Russia’s $5 billion sales to New Delhi in the same period.
Is a Russia-Pakistan-China axis a distinct possibility? Petr Topychkanov, an associate at the Carnegie Moscow Centre’s Nonproliferation Programme, calls it a short- and medium-term development. “There is an absence of long-term strategic interest of Russia for any kind of axis with such unpredictable and risky players, such as China and Pakistan,” he says. China’s developing conventional and nuclear capabilities could be a serious concern for the Russian armed forces. Pakistan simultaneously plays friendships with the US, Saudi Arabia, China, and now Russia. “Russia’s long-term interests,” he says, “don’t necessarily coincide with interests of other friends of Pakistan.”