[아시아엔=나시르 아이자즈 <아시아엔> 파키스탄 지부장] 파키스탄 정부가 러시아에 9억3500만달러를 지불하면서 러시아와의 40년 된 무역분쟁을 해결했다고 파키스탄 현지언론이 보도했다.
파키스탄 정부는 구소련 해체 이후 파키스탄 내 러시아 수출업체들의 청구에 대해 9억3500만 달러를 지불했다. 이로써 러시아 투자자들이 파키스탄에 대해 수십억 달러를 투자할 발판이 마련됐다고 정부 관계자는 밝혔다. <요약·번역 송재걸 기자>
Pakistan pays $93.5 million to Russia over trade dispute
By Nasir Aijaz
Islamabad: Pakistan has settled a 40 year old trade dispute with Russia as Islamabad has paid an amount of $93.5 million to Moscow, Pakistani media reported Wednesday.
The issue was a major hurdle in boosting the country’s trade ties with Russia. The dispute resolution is likely to improve trade between the two countries, an official was quoted as saying by a private TV channel.
According to the official, the payment of $93.5 million against the Russian exporters’ claims pending since the disintegration of the Soviet Union would now pave the way for billions of dollar investments by Russian investors in Pakistan.
Earlier last year, the government had authorized its Ambassador to Russia to sign the deal. Under the agreement, the Pakistani government was bound to return $93.5 million to Russia within 90 days.
Islamabad was liable to clear pending exporters’ claims to the tune of $23.8 million as per the settlement agreements reached on October 6, 2016 and December 27, 2017.
Russia had late last year said it was willing to expand cooperation with Pakistan on multiple fronts, including the industrial sector, agriculture, energy, medicine and railways.