Indian Foreign Secretary recently returned from Moscow. What’s the need for our Defence Minister, Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary to travel to Russia again and again during these difficult times of Coronavirus?
It is not that any tension has arisen between India and Russia on any particular issue or there has been a serious upsurge in the Indo-Russian trade but there are various issues, due to which continuous dialogue between the two allies has become necessary.
The first issue is that will the United States impose any restrictions on the S-400 missile that India is buying from Russia for 5 billion dollars. There was such a danger during the Trump administration, but now it is unlikely.
Firstly, these Russian missiles are currently the fastest missiles in the world. Second, the two nations are co-operating mutually in dealing with the Corona epidemic. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Modi have met 19 times so far. They have had talks four times during the last year in the Corona era. Thirdly, the issue is- India-Pacific means that Russia is worried that India is becoming a pawn against the China and Russia by becoming a pawn of America somewhere in the Pacific Ocean region? In response to this, Shringla has said that India is not against any country. India is also preparing to build a sea corridor from Chennai to Vladivostok.
Fourth, on the question of Afghanistan, Shringla said that India has no objection to the fact that there is a direct dialogue between Russia and Pakistan. If this dialogue brings peace to Afghanistan, India will welcome it but it will not tolerate the occupation of any nation over Afghanistan. The concern of India here is that Russia-Pak military-co-operative is growing in intensity under the pretext of Afghanistan. Recently, Russia's Special Envoy on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has traveled to Islamabad. The unfortunate truth is that India's role in solving the Afghan problem is negligible. There is no one in the government and BJP who knows Afghan situation properly. Anyway, our omniscient government continues to be happy with the gimmick of its statements.
As the largest country in South Asia, we have the highest responsibility, but we are marginalized in the Afghan case.