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Russia-Pak friendship new, Moscow has no influence in Islamabad: US

Trump admin said that the Russian thinking that the Taliban can help fight ISIS is a flawed approach

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'Russia-Pak friendship relatively new, no influence of Moscow on Islambad'

Amid increased bonhomie between and Pakistan, the believes that does not have a great influence on Islamabad, a senior Trump Administration official has said.

"I don't particularly believe that there is a great deal of influence that is asserting (over Pakistan) even though I do acknowledge they have a better relationship than they had five years ago," a senior administration official has said.

The official was responding to questions on the recent increase in relationship between and and how much influence it has over

"But Russia as of now does not have a great deal of influence over Pakistan, with which its ties is relatively new," the official said who on condition of anonymity.

"I think the Russia-relationship is still something relatively new," the senior administration official said noting that Pakistan, being an independent country is making its own assessment and doing what it considers is in its own interests.

However, the official said that the Russian thinking that the can help fight is a flawed approach.

Most of the soldiers who perished last year were in operations against in

"So we take threat (from ISIS) very seriously. That brings me to Russia. Yes, we see Russia and having better relations and they have had in the past. We also see Russia asserting unhelpful propaganda trying to say we created and support ISIS," the official said.

ISIS is a threat to Pakistan. And we see Pakistan seeking to deal with the ISI threat. This is an area where we would like to cooperate with Pakistan," the official added.

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 11:29 IST