India concerned over Russian move to supply choppers to Pak

India concerned over Russian move to supply choppers to Pak

India on Wednesday voiced concern with Russia over its move to supply Mi-35 military helicopters to Pakistan during talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry O Rogozin.

“The question regarding our defence cooperation and any issues that impact this in terms of our concern were raised,” a spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Dedov last week announced that Russia was willing to supply MI-35 choppers to Pakistan to assist the country in fighting terrorism.

“Pakistan has expressed its interest in buying MI-35 helicopters and we have shown our willingness to provide them,” he had said in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s request for MI-35 helicopters, which is intended for combat missions on day-and-night basis in adverse weather conditions, was made in 2009, but Russia delayed the issue due to its traditional strong ties with India.

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