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Military exercise with Pak not targeted at India: Russia

Press Trust of India  |  Benaulim (Goa) 

Seeking to allay India's concern over Russia's growing military ties with Pakistan, a top official and close friend of Russian President today said there are no talks for sale of military equipment to and that the recently held army exercise was directed at countering and not aimed at

Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostech State Corporation, an umbrella organisation of 700 hi-tech civilian and military firms, asserted that the military exercise does not show a "significant" change in his country's relations with

"Our relationship with has existed for a while. In some areas it has broadened but I will not call it as significant change," Chemezov, who was the KGB station chief in when Putin was a young operative there, told a select group of journalists.

Asked about the recently held army exercise, Chemezov said it was directly connected with modern way of specialised fight against terrorists.

Highlighting terrorism, he said that ISIS was not just an Arab danger but a global one.

"ISIS is a global danger and it not just involves in the Arab world but does involve terrorists in Russia, as well as Pakistan. We feel that joint military exercise in this area are vital for world peace. These exercises are not in any way targeted at anything to do with or any other country," Chemezov said.

Asked about the sale of Mi 35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, Chemezov said that has "not delivered any modern aircraft or any military aircraft to Pakistan".

"We have made deliveries of helicopters but those are specialised transport helicopters. Delivery has already been made. There is no contract negotiations for any military related equipment to be delivered to Pakistan," he said.

Chemezov said that would be glad to cooperate with India on the issue of and would be happy to not just provide equipment and weapons but also share best practices of its special forces and increase cooperation.

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 22:07 IST