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India is guzzling cheap Russian oil, but Pakistan cannot afford it

Teetering on edge of default, Islamabad needs IMF aid and exports to U.S.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Moscow on Jan. 30: Moscow is believed to harbor suspicions about Islamabad's position.   © Reuters

Salman Rafi Sheikh is assistant professor of politics at the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Since the start of the Ukraine war a year ago, India has emerged as a top buyer of Russian oil, with Moscow now its largest supplier of the fuel.

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