India & Russia

Reworking old ties

Print edition : July 12, 2013

September 8, 1961: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev (left) and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the Indo-Soviet Friendship Rally in Moscow. In the three and a half decades from the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union was a major factor that informed India’s foreign policy. Photo: The Hindu Archives

September 28, 1971: Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev welcomes Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Moscow. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

November 26, 1986: Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with the last leader of Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, in New Delhi. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Putin with Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Mexico in 2012. Russia is a member of G8, G20 and BRICS. Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Indian leader will be visiting Russia twice this year. Photo: Vijay Verma /PTI

The BRICS summit venue in China, 2011. On BRICS, the Indians appeared more realistic than the Russians. Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

At the SCO summit in Beijing in 2012: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna with Chinese President Hu Jintao. India seeks to become a full memebr of the Shanghai Cooperation Council. Photo: PTI

The Track II expert-level dialogue between Russia and India is marked by realism rather than nostalgia about Soviet-era ties. Both sides agree that geostrategic considerations will drive them towards increasing mutual cooperation.
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