As a key change in the Russian policy in the region, Russia has announced lifting years long embargo on supplies of arms to Pakistan this Monday June 2, 2014. Pakistan is negotiating the purchase of MI-35 Hind combat helicopters.

Russia has been the major supplier of arms to India, however, India has shifted its focus of acquiring arms from Israel, France, Britain and the United States. 

Boris Volkhonsky, head of the Asian sector of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told RIA Novosti news agency, “I do not think that India will have any objections. After all, India and Pakistan both buy weapons from the US, and this has not bothered them.”

Historically, Russia has sold more weaponry to India — Russia delivered just 70 Mi-17 transport helicopters to Pakistan from 1996 to 2010.

Commenting on the news of the lifting the ban on sales of arms to Pakistan, a source with the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said, there has never been an embargo on Russian weapon sales to Pakistan in the first place.

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