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Khan 'blindsided' by Putin: Pakistan left in cold after botched bid to 'outflank' India




With the war in Ukraine now entering its fourth week, the economic and humanitarian impact has left millions of people displaced and towns and cities destroyed. Punitive economic sanctions have been placed on Russian assets as well as mounting international condemnation against Putin and the Kremlin.

However, for Pakistan and India, the lack of condemnation has raised concerns as to the silence coming from Islamabad and Delhi.

According to one senior academic, a meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Putin in Moscow just hours before the invasion of Ukraine left Mr Khan in the dark.

Speaking to, Scott Lucas, a Professor of International Politics from the University of Birmingham, and Chief Editor of EA Worldview said: “Before the Russian invasion, both Pakistan and India had ties to Moscow.

“Russia was already the largest source of military equipment for India, as well as Russian energy supplies.

“But what caught Pakistan out was as it tried to outflank India, building up a relationship with Russia, Imran got blindsided.

“He went to Moscow hours before the invasion is launched.

“And he, not Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks like the fall guy when Putin takes the gamble of invading Ukraine.”

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Professor Lucas went on to say: “This puts Pakistan in a really tough position.

“Clearly no country will come out and support the invasion and say it is justified; it is too much following the aggression shown by Putin.

“On the other hand, Pakistan and India do not want to condemn the invasion or call it an invasion because they fear they will be viewed as siding with the West.

“So if Pakistan jumps in too quickly and condemns the invasion of Ukraine, India can play nice with Moscow and try to benefit from the relationship in the short term.”

Professor Lucas also mentioned Mr Khan had also closed several doors in the West.

He said: “For months prior to the invasion, he had been increasingly hostile in his rhetoric about the West, and about the US, about NATO.

“A lot of this has been for domestic purposes, and why he had been positioning himself in this way.”

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Adding to the argument, and also speaking to, Umar Karim, a research fellow at the University of Birmingham said: “The visit of Imran Khan is the first such visit to Moscow by a Pakistani leader since Pervez Musharraf.

“I do not think Imran Khan had an idea the invasion was going to go through; the Pakistani Government also did not think Putin would invade Ukraine.

“Pakistan is now trying to diversify its foreign relations and strategic engagement with as many countries as it can.

“It wanted to also shed its label of being an American ally, but not at the cost of other relationships.

“The goal with Russia is to try and bring Russian gas to Pakistan, hence why Russia is crucial.

“Imran Khan and the military are on the same footing suggesting the need for a strong and independent relationship with Russia, one not dependent on the relationship with the West.

“However, they differ when it comes to bashing the US and the West, with the military suggesting multiple relationships are better for the country.”

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Mr Karim also said: “Pakistan could have given more support to the resolutions condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

“But Pakistan abstained on every resolution.

“The Government is using populism for its own gain, and right now, the general trend is Russia is finally challenging the western bloc, and Pakistan is using this whole discourse to suggest to its followers we are also challenging the Western bloc, and hence why we are supporting Russia.”

Mr Karim ended by saying her did not think Pakistan would back down from its current status quo on Russia.

Summing up the stance, Professor Lucas said: “Imran Khan has been trying to manoeuvre between Russia and other countries, he is trying to create an independent position for Pakistan.

“But, because of the timing of his visit to Moscow, an independent Pakistan position may be a stranded Pakistan position, at least personally for Imran Khan, if not for the country going forward.”



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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