On Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Moscow for a key visit meant to solidify several years of growing Russia-Pakistan relations. It marked the first time since 1999 that a Pakistani prime minister traveled to Russia for bilateral meetings.
However, just hours after Khan touched down, Russian troops began invading Ukraine. The latest episode of The AfPak File takes stock of Khan’s visit against the backdrop of the Ukraine conflict.
Was Islamabad right in not postponing the trip? How will the visit advance Russia-Pakistan relations? What is the current state of Russia-Pakistan relations, and what might their trajectory look like in the future?
Joining the debate are Maleeha Lodhi, a former Pakistani ambassador to the UN and US; Aleksei Zakharov, a fellow at HSE University in Moscow; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center. Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL media manager in Washington DC, moderates the discussion.