Pakistan and Russia have launched a direct mail service for the first time to strengthen trade, economic and energy ties between the two nations.
After an inauguration ceremony in Karachi on Saturday, a ship carrying 36,000 tons of goods left the port of Karachi bound for St. Petersburg. A tanker with Russian crude oil is expected to reach Karachi from St. Petersburg later this week.
Minister of State for Petroleum and Energy Musaddik Malik told the media that this is the first direct shipping line that has started between Pakistan and Russia and it will lead to more bilateral trade and economic ties.
“We want to make it clear that Pakistan does not agree with anyone. We’re trying to trade with the US, we’re told we’re in the US camp. When we do business with China, we are told that we have taken our lead from China. “The truth is that we are only doing what is in Pakistan’s interest,” Malik said.
We’re just trying to get cheap oil from Russia for our energy needs, he said. The container ship from Pakistan will reach St. Petersburg in 18 days.
Russian Consul General in Karachi Andrei Viktorovich said his country wants to expand trade ties with Pakistan.
Qazi Muhammad Khalil, a former ambassador to Moscow, said Pakistan has plenty of scope to export rice, fruits, vegetables, sporting goods and textiles to Russia, and a direct shipping line between the two countries will help improve trade and business ties strengthen between the two countries.
Pakistan’s relationship with Russia has evolved in recent years beyond bitter Cold War hostilities.