What do closer Russia-Pakistan ties mean for the region?

30th Apr, 2021

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The Russian foreign minister’s recently concluded visit to South Asia heralds a new era in Russia’s South Asian policy. Russia and India are strategic partners; while Moscow was once Pakistan’s predominant security concern. But the geostrategic developments in the last decade or so have resulted in a global strategic realignment. A change in Russia’s South Asian policy is also visible. New alliances are being developed which would likely have serious implications for regional security and strategic stability. Before regional security implications are analysed, it is important to assess what has compelled this change in regional strategic orientation. To deconstruct the change in Russia’s South Asian policy, two important components require analysis.

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