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December 14, 2019
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Russia likely to give Mi-35M, Su-35 to Pakistan

MOSCOW: Pakistan and Russia are currently in talks on the delivery of Russian multi-role Mi-35M helicopters and the latest Su-35 fighter jets.

According to details, both countries were negotiating the deal from last year, signalling a major breakthrough in ties between the two entities.

While talking to media, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Pakistan is Moscow’s solid partner and the ties between two countries are evolving in every sector including military..

He further said “I do not think that the contacts under discussion will cause jealousy on the part of any of the two sides.”

Army chief of Pakistan General Raheel Sharif visited Russia earlier this year, after which  a draft contract was sent to Pakistan for new Mi-35M helicopters and Su-35 fighter jets.

It is to be kept in mind that Pakistan currently has a number of  Mi-17  helicopters delivered by the US to help in the fight against terrorism.

The Mi-35 helicopter is modernized version of the Mi-24 helicopter with new equipment and avionics and even more powerful engine.