Pakistan and Russia agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercise

Pakistan and Russia on 16 April 2015 agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercises as a part of their enhanced defence cooperation.

The agreement was reached during the meet held in Moscow between Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.

Main features of the Agreement
• The two nations agreed to enhance cooperation in both defence industry and military training
• They agreed to promote joint participation in military exercises
• They agreed to resolve conflicts through diplomatic means and that use of force must be discouraged and abandoned
• They reached a consensus that a multi-polar world would ensure peace and balance in international relations

Background
Pakistan and Russia in November 2014 during the first-ever visit of a Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoig in 45 years signed a military cooperation agreement to strengthen their defence ties and vowed to translate their relationship in tangible terms.