CHINA ISN’T THE ONLY COUN­TRY RUS­SIA ENDED A SELF-IM­POSED EM­BARGO ON ARMS SALES

PAK­ISTAN IS TURN­ING TO. IN 2014, TO PAK­ISTAN

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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.”

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