With Putin In Power, India-Russia Relations Will Prosper

Last weekend was Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday. Now it’s not germane to this piece whether he cut a cake, danced or made history by drinking vodka (Putin is a teetotaller). The news genre requires a peg to hang a story on and the reference to his birthday gives us the peg to take this forward, into the realm of India and Russia.

Recall the day India and China agreed to end the standoff on the Doklam Plateau in Bhutan. A day earlier, Russia’s ambassador in Beijing Andrei Denisov said in public, that his country would not take sides in the standoff between India and China.

Denisov’s comments appeared careful and calibrated. He said: “The situation on the India-Chinese border is something we all regret. We think our Chinese and Indian friends can resolve the problem by themselves. We don’t think they need any mediators who can influence their respective positions on the issue.” Read More…

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