And what does Pakistan have to offer? Nothing!
Perhaps something that India never gave the USSR despite decades of "closeness": a naval base close to the Persian Gulf for the Russian Pacific Fleet.
posted on 03/12/2012 6:32:16 PM PDT
(In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
Highly doubt there are any plans for the Russian “Pacific Fleet” to build a base in Pakistan on “Indian Ocean”. Russia’s two biggest threats are NATO in the west and China in the east. Russia has no strategic interest on the Indian Ocean.
posted on 03/12/2012 7:14:55 PM PDT
A Russian base in Pakistan would make for a nice Tom Clancy novel but its a total nonsensical scenario. The Russian navy of today is FAR smaller today then the heydays of the Soviet Navy. China already has a proxy naval base in Gwadar, Pakistan. Thirdly Russia has much easier access to Persian gulf via Iran (over Caspian sea). To get to Pakistan, Russia has to cross at least 2 central Asian republics plus Afghanistan the most volatile part of the world.
Lastly only fools build bases in Pakistan. US has already learnt that and China is about to learn that.....
And Russia doesn't have a lot of happy memories about Pakistan from their war in Chechnya.
posted on 03/12/2012 7:46:20 PM PDT
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