- It is difficult to call into question the character of Russian-Indian relations that have withstood the test of the time, to use a cliché. The strategic value of this relationship has remained immutable both in the bipolar period of the Cold War and the global order that has been formed since then.
There is nothing to suggest anything different as a result of changes in the world order whether it’s the predicted return to bloc mentality with a couple of new antagonistic superpowers or any other configuration. Remote geographical location is a constant characteristic that eliminates at least one of the most serious risks, while the emergence of other fundamental differences seem unlikely.
Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to take the current level of bilateral ties for granted without taking into account the changing conditions in the world. Well-established military-technical cooperation (MTC) is a good place to start as there is still a lot that can be achieved in this respect.
On May 15, the Valdai Discussion Club held a webinar on Russian-Indian relations in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). The participants focused on global issues including urgent issues like the growing confrontation between China and the US, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential consequences.