Russia-Ukraine Conflict; Implications for Region and Beyond (08 March 2022)

In the seminar organized by Indian Ocean Study Centre a constituent body of National Institute of Maritime Affairs to study and analyze the ‘Russia – Ukraine Conflict – Implications for Region and Beyond’, the Chief guest, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed emphasized the need for diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine, calling for de-escalation and adherence to the fundamental principles of UN Charter. He was of the opinion that Pakistan should continue to keep communication channels with Russia, USA, and Ukraine intact. The government stance that continued military conflict, will have its adverse economic impact on developing countries and urgent need of ceasefire and de-escalation was supported.

While deliberating on the military aspects of the conflict, Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Asif Malik, who has served as Defense attaché in Russia and accredited to Ukraine and Belarus was of the view that Russia is following a well-planned war strategy and to have minimum collateral damages and give time for negotiations. Air Marshal Farhat Hussain, President CASS discussed in detail the modern trends in Air Warfare employed by Russia in present conflict. He emphasized that Air Superiority in any conflict is a key for successful ground and naval operations. Naval Aspects of the conflict were dwelled upon by Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem Director General NIMA. He presented the prevalent naval environment in Black Sea, and surrounding areas. He also underlined that Russian Black Sea Fleet operations were in sync with land and air forces. A large number of invitees including government, military serving and retired officials, academia, maritime experts, and scholars from think tanks actively participated in the semiar. In the end, Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem HI(M), Director General NIMA thanked the speakers, guests, participants and the NIMA staff.