Russia-India ties sour in Central Asia

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http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/LA05Ag03.html

By Peter Lee

Unsound strategy, mutual mistrust and opportunism are combining to frustrate the efforts of Moscow and India to blunt China's soft-power push into Russia's "near beyond" - the oil and gas-rich former Soviet republics that line the path of the ancient Silk Road from the Caspian Sea to China's doorstep at Xinjiang province.

Russia's unwelcome efforts to cobble together a Central Asian security bloc and claim a central role in a new, multi-polar Euroasian security structure have been the main stumbling block to advancement of its interests in the region.

It has not received a lot of help from India's opportunistic decision to play the "Great Game" on the cheap - piggybacking the military...
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