Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat while visiting a shipyard outside the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 4, 2019. Photo: AP Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat while visiting a shipyard outside the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 4, 2019. Photo: AP
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat while visiting a shipyard outside the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 4, 2019. Photo: AP
Mohamed Zeeshan
Opinion

Opinion

Mohamed Zeeshan

Why India’s bid to bring Russia into the Indo-Pacific initiative is unwise

  • Russian involvement in the Indo-Pacific will help India avoid making tough choices in the US-China face-off and could induce a split between Moscow and Beijing
  • However, given close Russia-China military and economic ties, this is unlikely to happen. Instead, India could anger its allies in the Quad and Asean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat while visiting a shipyard outside the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 4, 2019. Photo: AP Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat while visiting a shipyard outside the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 4, 2019. Photo: AP
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat while visiting a shipyard outside the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 4, 2019. Photo: AP
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Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan

Mohamed Zeeshan is editor-in-chief of Freedom Gazette and a writer for The Diplomat. He has previously served as an adviser to the Indian delegation to the United Nations in New York.