Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has emphasized the need for strengthening Defence cooperation with Russian federation.

He expressed this desire during meeting with his Russian counter in Moscow.

The Minister also expressed hope that his visit would further strengthen the emerging Defence relations between the two countries.

Asif said that Pakistan regards Russia as an important country and growing strategic power for the stability in multi polar world.

The minister further mentioned that agreement on military technical cooperation would enhance the relations between the two countries. He said there is a need of encouraging and enhancing Russian navy participation in joint exercises with Pakistan navy.