India-Russia ties likely to be affected
India’s ties with Russia are likely to be affected if Moscow continues to expand military relations with Islamabad.
Criticising Pakistan-Russia ties, Indian Ambassador to Russia warned of “problems” ahead in bilateral ties, even as both sides planned a major summit on the sidelines of the upcoming Goa BRICS summit.
India’s response to the growing ties between Russia-Pakistan
India officially conveyed unhappiness over the growing Pakistan-Russia ties after both countries held the first ever joint military exercise in Pakistan’s northwest.
India had expressed concern over the exercise with Pakistan during the 22nd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission (IRGC).
Significance of studying ties between Russia-Pakistan
The statement of the Indian ambassador is significant as it set the mood for the 17th India-Russia Annual Summit in Goa.
The summit, to be held in the backdrop of the BRICS summit, will witness signing of a number of bilateral pacts. During the summit, both sides will also plan the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Russia condemned the September 18 terror strike in Uri which claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers but went ahead with the military exercise with Pakistan even as India blamed Pakistan for not acting against the terror modules.
However, Russian government think tank sources indicated that Russia may not be on the same page with India on Pakistan highlighting that Moscow did not want to leave Pakistan alone.
Technical co-operation between India-Russia
Recently, India-Russia ties reached a new landmark in nuclear energy cooperation with the dedication of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power project jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin through video conference.
Both sides also agreed to work together on the remaining stages of Kudankulam 2,3,4,5 and 6. Other projects are also likely to come up under the ‘Make in India’ programme.