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Russian naval ships on first-ever visit to Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Two Russian navy ships have arrived at port on a first-ever goodwill visit to for a naval exercise, signalling warming of bilateral relations.

During their stay, various training activities and discussions on maritime security will be held between Pakistani and Russian naval officers.

The Russian ships will also conduct passage exercise with Navy's vessels, state-media reported.

The Russian flotilla is being led by Rear Admiral Dmitrieve Vladimir Alexandrovich, according to a statement by the Navy.

Pakistan and have historically been on opposite sides since the Cold War, when supported the anti-Soviet Mujahideen in neighbouring against invading Russian troops in the 1980s.

has also been traditionally close to and is a major defence supplier for the Indian military.

First Published: Sun, April 20 2014. 18:45 IST