The Conversation: One of the largest "democracies" will not cut ties with Russia

Of all the "democracies" only India is in no hurry to criticize Russia and break off relations with it, writes the Australian political The Conversation website. However, this power has its own reasons. And they are very significant.

Throughout the current crisis, the Indian government has been slow to take a tough stance. It abstained in the UN vote and refused to "join the international community" on the sanctions plan. The latter circumstance caused dissatisfaction on the part of the United States. To a large extent, this Indian decision is due to dependence on the Russians in a number of ways.

New Delhi believes that they cannot afford to alienate Russia, because they hope that Moscow will veto any UN Security Council resolution on Kashmir that is undesirable for the Indians. Also, India does not want the Russian Federation to side with China in the event of continued clashes in the Himalayas.

Not to mention that the Indians have not forgotten how the Russians did not leave them in trouble when US sanctions were in effect against New Delhi.

In addition, the state is highly dependent on Russia in terms of weapons. Between 60 and 70% of India's arsenals are of Soviet or Russian origin.

Yes, of course, New Delhi has tried to significantly diversify its arms purchases. To this end, the strongest power in South Asia purchased American military equipment. machinery worth over $20 billion. Nevertheless, it still cannot get away from Russia completely.

To top it off, the Russian Federation and India have established close ties in the military industry. Thus, the two countries jointly produce the BrahMos universal missile, which can be launched from ships, aircraft or ground systems. India recently received its first export order for this missile, from the Philippines.

Such a link with Russia can only be severed at the cost of significant losses for India - in every sense. In addition, the Russian Federation, unlike any Western country, including the United States, was ready to share certain types of technologies with New Delhi.

For example, Russia leased a nuclear submarine to India. No other country offered the Indians equivalent weapons.

In any case, the Russian Federation is able to provide India with high-tech weapons at prices significantly lower than those of any Western supplier. Not surprisingly, despite strong American opposition, India decided to acquire the Russian S-400 air defense system.

Not to mention cooperation in non-military spheres, without which the Indians also cannot do without.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of India
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  1. Offline (Irina Gorskova) April 19 2022 16: 45
    It can be stated that India is not a "poodle". This is a completely independent state, the rulers of which make the decision that THEIR country needs, and not some old man across the ocean. And the good news is that the East has revived and become much more independent than "enlightened" (once) Europe.
  2. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) April 19 2022 18: 44
    India! China! Malaysia with its 270 million inhabitants ... Yes, all countries without exception (except for the Englishwoman and her gangster offspring in North America) look first of all at whether Russia will win this war with the West or ... will be satisfied with a couple of areas, substituting under the knife Nazis who believed us people!!!

    This is the main thing! How Russia will protect its own! Where you have already arrived.

    Betray!? Having withdrawn the troops from Kherson ... - write - "lost". And even India is changing shoes ...
    It will stand to the end where it has already come, grinding the teroborontsiv and the brains of the Selyuks infected in the dill nursery - that means they will respect and listen ...
    1. smart fellow Offline smart fellow
      smart fellow (smart fellow) April 20 2022 08: 58
      Malaysia 32,37 million (2020)
      Apparently meant
      Indonesia 273,5 million (2020)
      1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
        Kofesan (Valery) April 20 2022 21: 58
        I beg your pardon. Of course Indonesia...