Russia or America?


In the meantime this is on-off relationship between Washington and Moscow and it is a problem for Delhi a dilemma. Russia is India's biggest defence partner and America is a key partner in the indo-pacific so far . 

So far, India has carefully built an independent relationship with both these countries but as a friction between the kremlin and The White House , increases India tension .India is walking a diplomatic tightrope. This Article explains about a cold war Ally and an indo-pacific partner, one has been a critical source of military equipment the other is crucial for safeguarding strategic interest in maintaining  partnership. 

India has been careful not to damage the other it has enjoyed an independent relationship with both Moscow and Washington. This has been the state of play for serval years but the US Russia acrimony is entering in New phase.

There is a new President is in the White House he is trying to distinguish himself from his predecessor and asset America's place in the the world . Words have been playing like missiles .

You know Vladimir Putin, you think he is a killer, I also do.  I remember in my childhood when we argued in the Courtyard we used to say it takes one to know one .

In this growing friction between the two superpowers India faces the real test which way will it tilt .

So far, New Delhi has successfully struck a balance, in February India's foreign secretary travel to Moscow for a two-day visit, in March us defence secretary Lloyd Austin visited India and now the US climate envoy John Kerry is in New Delhi  and so is, Russian foreign minister Sergey lavrov.

 India is actively engaged with both country  but one bargain hangs above India US ties, like The sword of the Damocles , the s400 deal  .

New Delhi decision to purchase anti aircraft missile system from Russia has raised the risk of us sanctions. America has imposed sanctions and on Turkey for a similar deal with Russia.

 The delivery in India is due from December and the Pentagon/Whitehouse has not indicated that it won't impose sanctions on India .

On the other hand  biggest worry is India's growing security.

 Ties with the United States, prime minister Modi attended the first ever quad summit last month .

There are signs of discomfort have surfaced at the Kremlin Russia along with China , proposing a new regional equity block aimed at accounting any us-led block.

 It already seems to be laying the groundwork.

 Lavrov will be  visiting Islamabad after India visit this will be the first such visit by a Russian foreign minister in nine years . So the challenge before India is quite complex, it comes at a crucial time right across the Himalayas the Chinese still pose a significant threat to India's security.  New Delhi will have to choose wisely will have to ask serious questions about American reliability , in the face of this potent threat.  and align its approach in the indo-pacific in a way that does not damage the daily Moscow dynamic as the stacks go higher the balancing act will only be come together for India buro report ibais


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