A Privileged Relationship: Russia and India’s Rekindled Strategic Partnership

This discussion paper examines Russia-India relations and argues that their strategic partnership will continue to hold both multilateral and regional importance for both countries.

With neither country perceiving a direct security threat from each other, Russia-India relations have long testified to its benefits in the realm of defence, energy cooperation, education, science and technology. A characteristic feature of Russian-Indian relations over the years has been the high intensity of political contacts. Every year, high-level meetings and negotiations are held to discuss key areas of cooperation between the two countries, as well as current international and regional matters. This discussion paper examines Russia-India relations and argues that this strategic partnership will continue to hold both multilateral and regional importance for both countries.

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