Will continue to develop a strategic alliance with India: Russian policy document


New Delhi – According to an updated national foreign policy concept authorised by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Russia will keep strengthening its strategic alliance with India to increase collaboration in all fields.

According to the policy statement published on the website of the Russian foreign ministry, Moscow also plans to develop its comprehensive partnership and strategic collaboration with China, including improved coordination in the global arena to maintain security.

The section of the policy plan devoted to the “Eurasian continent” includes both India and China. Putin signed a decree approving the document.

“Russia will continue to develop a particularly privileged strategic partnership with the Republic of India with a view to enhancing and expanding cooperation in all areas on a mutually advantageous basis,” the document said. “Russia will place special emphasis on increasing the volume of bilateral trade, strengthening investment and technological ties, and ensuring their resistance to destructive actions of unfriendly states and their alliances.”

As part of its efforts to promote “mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas, provision of mutual assistance, and enhancement of coordination in the international arena to ensure security, stability, and sustainable development at the global and regional levels, both in Eurasia and in other parts of the world,” Russia will also strengthen its “comprehensive partnership and the strategic cooperation” with China.

Russia will prioritise “enhancing the capacity and international role” of BRICS, RIC (Russia, India, China), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), and other interstate associations, international organisations, and mechanisms with significant Russian participation in order to “adapt the world order to the realities of a multipolar world.”

The manifesto emphasised how crucial it was for Moscow to strengthen its ties and collaborate with independent centres of power across the Eurasian continent.

According to the document, “it is particularly important for achieving strategic goals and major objectives of the foreign policy of Russia to comprehensively deepen ties and enhance coordination with friendly sovereign global centres of power and development, which are located on the Eurasian continent and committed to approaches which coincide in principle with the Russian approaches to a future world order and solutions for key problems of the world politics.”

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