Geopolitical Conundrum for Pakistan as it Expels Russian Journalist from Ukrainian FM’s Presser

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During the two-day official visit of the top Ukrainian diplomat, Dmytro Kuleba, to Pakistan, a press conference was held in Islamabad where both the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Pakistan, Dmytro Kuleba and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, addressed reporters. The purpose of the visit was for Ukraine to seek more aid and assistance from Pakistan.

However, before the press conference, Kyiv had requested that no Russian media outlets or reporters be present, particularly RT, a state TV channel from Russia that is banned in the EU and USA. Despite the request, a Russian reporter, Ruslan Bekniyazov, from the channel was present at the conference. He was later forcibly expelled from the event, causing Moscow to demand an explanation from Islamabad.

This incident has placed Pakistan in a geopolitical dilemma for several reasons. First, Pakistan is under pressure from the West to increase its support to Kyiv, with many media outlets claiming that Pakistan has been supplying arms to Ukraine. However, FM Bilawal Bhutto refuted these claims, stating that there is no official agreement for defense supplies to Ukraine, emphasizing Pakistan’s principled and nonpartisan position.

Moreover, Pakistan has its own grievances with Russia due to the impact of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict on its economy. As Pakistan faces financial crisis and fiscal distress, it has relied on a $3 billion bailout package from the IMF and on Russian cheap crude oil. However, the bombardment of Ukrainian ports by Russia has led to a rise in wheat prices, further burdening Pakistan’s financial situation.

Despite the press conference incident, Russia has not taken any strict action against Islamabad for several reasons. First, Russia is facing sanctions imposed by the West, leaving it in need of financial stability and an export market. Moreover, China, a significant player in the region, has invested heavily in Pakistan and desires stability in the trio relationship of Russia-China-Pakistan. China’s influence in Asia also compels Russia to maintain good ties with Pakistan, as losing Pakistan to the West would be a setback for China’s regional interests.

Additionally, Russia fears losing India as a geopolitical power, as the ties between India and the West have grown considerably. As a result, Russia sees Pakistan as a crucial ally to balance the power dynamics in the region.

In conclusion, the expulsion of the Russian journalist from the presser has put Pakistan in a challenging geopolitical position. The incident highlights the delicate relationships and strategic interests of various nations in the context of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and the larger geopolitical landscape in Asia.

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