Russia's President Vladimir Putin visited India. As a result of this visit, an agreement was signed, according to which, India is going to purchase a $2.9 billion worth amount of Russian weapons.
India borders or is situated in proximity with many countries, but it would be wrong to say that it has good relations with all of them. Mainly, this considers China and Pakistan. Bangladesh is still viewed by many analysts as one of the world’s largest hotbeds of terrorism. India’s relations with Nepal are also not always good, because in contradictions between India and China, Nepal often takes China’s side.
India’s economy is still developing, and India’s foreign policy, to a large extent, would depend on the degree of the development of its economy.
One of the main spheres of India’s interests is the Pacific Ocean. After all, the largest part of India’s borders – about 7,000 kms – is its Pacific coast.
Until recent, India has paid more attention to land weapons than to the navy. The majority of weapons that it purchased from the Soviet Union or produced itself were land weapons. At present, India still produces and buys land weapons, but it has started to pay more attention to its navy.
India is responsible for the entire territory from the Suez Canal to Singapore, where the UK once was the only master”, because India doesn’t seem to have rejected this slogan so far. More evidence that India’s military program is not as “peaceful” as its authorities are trying to depict is the fact that India is actively developing nuclear energy.
Russia also has interests of its own in the Asia-Pacific region, and its main interest there is stability and peaceful development. For this, Russia is actively cooperating with India in many spheres, including the military one. Russia is insisting that India, under certain conditions, should be granted the status of a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
It is unfortunate that the government has so far not taken action, even though there has been an increase of ties with Russia. However, there has been a signal failure in that President Putin did not visit Pakistan for the Trilateral Summit, precisely because India objected. Our diplomats are showing incompetence because they cannot properly handle relationships with the USA, India or Russia.
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