Think Tank
Programme of the Russia-Pakistan Expert Dialogue
Valdai Club Conference Hall, Tsvetnoy boulevard 16/1, Moscow, Russia
List of speakers

On June 6, the first Russian-Pakistani expert dialogue between the Valdai  Discussion Club and Pakistan House analytical centre will take place, titled “Strategic relations between Russia and Pakistan”. The event will be held at the Moscow site of the Club; its address is: Tsvetnoy Boulevard, 16/1.

Programme of the Russia-Pakistan Expert Dialogue

of the Valdai Discussion Cluband Pakistan House

“Russian-Pakistani Strategic Relations

Moscow, June 6, 2022

10:20–10:30 Opening of the Conference:

Open for live broadcast and media

10:30–12:00 Session I. Russia-Pakistan Political and Security Relations

Open for live broadcast and media

Relations between Russia and Pakistan have strengthened markedly in recent years. Cooperation has particularly intensified following Pakistan's accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. It is in progress, inter alia, in the defence and technical sphere. What are the prospects for further improvement of the bilateral political dialogue? What are the challenges to this? And what influence could recent developments have on the dynamics of bilateral relations: escalation of the Ukrainian conflict, on the one hand, and changes in the internal political situation and the change of the prime minister in Pakistan, on the other?


  • Shafqat Ali Khan, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Russian Federation

  • Ivan Safranchuk, Director, Center of Euro-Asian Studies, MGIMO University

  • Muhammad Athar Javed, Founder and Director General, Pakistan House

  • Aleksei Kupriyanov, Head of the Group on South Asia and Indian Ocean of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


  • Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.

12:15–13:45 Session II. Regional Context of Russian-Pakistani Relations

The Russian-Pakistani relations are determined, in particular, by the international and regional context. Both countries' membership inthe SCO and the set of relations that each has with Pakistan's neighbours in the region, including China, India, and Afghanistan, also play a role here. What impact do these external factors have on the Russian-Pakistani relations? And how realistic is the autonomous development of Russia-Pakistan cooperation without taking into account the international regional context? Or will bilateral interaction always be hostage to these complex external constraints?


  • Vasily Kashin, Director, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  • Khalid Rabbani, Lt. Genral (Rtd), Member of Advisory Board, Pakistan House

  • Vladimir Sotnikov, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science

  • Qazi M. Khalilullah, Executive Director, Center for International the Strategic Studies Sindh; Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Russian Federation (2016–2019).


15:00–16:30 Session III. Bilateral Economic and Social Relations Between Russia and Pakistan 

The development of political dialogue and cooperation between Russia and Pakistan has also had an impact on the dynamics of economic ties between the two countries, as well as on social contacts. What are the core interests of both sides? What challenges are worth overcoming? And how could the current sanctions situation affect bilateral economic projects?


  • Shahida Wizarat , Dean, College of Economics and Social Development, Institute of Business Management

  • Natalia Galischeva, Head of the Department of World Economy, MGIMO University

  • Mirza Aqeel Baig, Head of Department of Economics, Institute of Business Management

  • Natalia Zamaraeva, Senior Research Fellow, Centre Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences.