Russian ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev on Wednesday said that China is a “friend” and a “strategic partner”, and urged to take a “larger look at Chinese foreign policies” which are being defined by “destabilising activities” by others. He also criticised the Indo-Pacific strategy by western countries, describing it as “dangerous” and an effort to revive the cold war mentality.
Russian embassy’s deputy chief of mission Roman Babushkin said that it has “limited cooperation” with Pakistan based on “independent” relations.
Responding to questions on China’s belligerence in the Indo-Pacific, Kudashev, who held a joint briefing with Babushkin, said, “It is not in our habit to comment on the foreign policy, on the policies of other countries, China included. China is a friend of us and China is a strategic partner. Otherwise, I would advise you to take, take a larger look at the Chinese foreign policies. Among the many factors defining it, could be mentioned the rest of destabilising activities.”
After assuring military equipment to Pakistan and criticising the Indo-Pacific strategy, Russian diplomats in Delhi assured that India is a “trusted partner”.