Big win for India, Russia pledges not to supply arms to Pakistan

In a major diplomatic win for India, Russia has pledged not to supply arms to Pakistan going further.

Agreeing to deepen engagement of defence industries and to expedite establishment of a AK 203 assault rifles factory at Amethi, Russia has assured India that it will adhere to a policy of ‘no arms supply to Pakistan’, following India’s request.

This assurance came up following Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s meeting with his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu in Moscow.

Singh and General Sergey Shoigu discussed ongoing defence projects during Thursday’s meeting, where India conveyed its gratitude for the timely Russian response to India’s requests for weapon systems and Russia reciprocated warmly saying it supported Indian security interests.

“Both sides welcomed the advance stage of discussions for establishment of an India-Russian joint venture for the production of AK203 assault rifles, considered one of the most modern weapons for the infantry. It provides a very positive basis for further engagement of Russian defence industry in Make-in-India,” a Defence Ministry spokesperson said.

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