KARACHI (INP): Two Russian Naval warships comprising Frigate “YARSOLAV MUDRY” and Tanker “KOLA” have arrived on a goodwill visit at Karachi port on Thursday. A Joint Counter Narcotics exercise at sea will be conducted on 20 Oct 14 involving Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Anti Narcotics Force and Russian flotilla. Visit of Russian Director of Federal Department of Counter Narcotics, H.E Mr. Victor P Ivonov is also planned concurrent to the ships visit. The dignitary will meet senior Government and Naval Officials and will also board Russian Naval ship for witnessing the exercise.
The event is of strategic significance and would go a long way in enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries.
During the visit various other training activities and discussions on Maritime Security issues are also planned. Such visits help in promoting peace and security in the region and are in line with the policies of government to enhance maritime collaboration with regional and extra regional countries. It may be highlighted that Russian Naval Chief had recently undertaken first ever visit to Pakistan. Cooperative engagements between Pakistan and Russia on many fronts particularly relating to defence issues is getting enhanced progressively.