A day after India and Russia signed major defence deals of about Rs 43,000 crore on the sidelines of the ongoing BRICS Summit in Goa, Russia’s ROSTEC Corp CEO, Sergey Chemezov said that his country has no plans of selling military-related equipment to Pakistan.
Sergey Chemezov, a close associate of President Putin, is considered as one of the most powerful people in Russia's defence industry.
While replying to a query on selling Su-35s fighter jets to Pakistan, Chemezov said: “We are not delivering any military aircraft to Pakistan. We have made deliveries of transport helicopters and that contract has been completed.”
“No contracts or plans for any other military-related equipment to Pakistan exist for present,” he added.
On October 15, Indian PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a total of 16 MoUs and made three announcements to boost ties in sectors like trade and investment, hydrocarbons, space and smart cities.
The defence deals included India buying the 'gamechanger' S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia. The two countries will also collaborate in setting up a joint production facility for making Kamov helicopters.
Further, on being asked about the joint military exercise with Pakistan, to that Chemezov said: “The military exercises in September this year were directly connected with modernising counter terror operations in Pakistan.”
“ISIS is a global danger and doesn’t just involve terrorists in the Middle East but also in India and Pakistan. Therefore joint military exercises are important, but it must be noted that were not in any way targeted at India or at any other conflict in the region,” he concludes.