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Pakistan opposes Russia-India 2.9 bln U.S. dollars arms deal

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 27 — Pakistan on Thursday opposed a recent new Russia-India 2.9 billion U.S. dollars arms deal, local media reported.

The defence agreement was signed in New Delhi on Monday during Russian President Vladimir Putin's day-long trip to India.

Under the accords, India will buy 42 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and 71 Mil Mi-17 helicopters, according to the media.

Commenting on the recently signed Russia-India arms deal, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Moazzam Ahmad Khan told reporters in Islamabad that anything which may initiate nuclear or conventional arms race will not augur well for the future of the region.

To a question about Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, the spokesman said Pakistan is an energy deficient country and it is in Pakistan's interests to explore cheap means of energy. He said Pakistan attaches importance to the gas pipeline project.

The spokesman also said that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will visit Saudi Arabia on January 1 on the invitation of Saudi Foreign Minister. (PNA/Xinhua)


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