Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Emmanuel Macron are well-placed to turn India and France into long-term partners in shaping the geopolitics of Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific.
New Delhi and Moscow must move toward a practical relationship that focuses on give and take wherever possible.
Russia’s growing defense cooperation with Pakistan and contacts with the Taliban are a matter of concern for India.
Given the breadth and depth of the Indo-Russian relationship, the divergence in their strategy for the South Asia region is worrying.
The Indo-Russian relationship is one of the few long-standing successes of Indian diplomacy. Both nations must pay greater attention to emerging technologies that can push the relationship forward.
By reaching out to Asian powers, especially China, Moscow is trying to replace the West as a source of capital and investment, as well as a major market for Russian exports.