Russia throws its weight behind China-Pakistan corridor, keeps India on tenterhooks

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Russia throws its weight behind China-Pakistan corridor, keeps India on tenterhooks

Published December 19, 2016
SOURCE: TNN

Russia’s nebulous public position on its growing ties with Pakistan continues to give sleepless nights to Indian policymakers who have sought to isolate Islamabad on the issue of terrorism.After it officially denied reports that it had shown any interest in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Moscow has not just declared strong support for the China-funded project but also announced its intention to link its own Eurasian Economic Union project with CPEC.

CPEC, which will link Gwadar in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province to Xinjiang in China, remains a major bugbear for Indian foreign policy as it passes through the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Pok) claimed by India. Beijing has shown scant regard for India’s concerns despite PM Narendra Modi himself having taken up the issue of Chinese involvement in the disputed territory with President Xi Jinping.

Moscow last month emphatically denied Pakistan media reports that it was looking to involve itself in CPEC by acquiring access to the port built by China at Gwadar. Russia’s ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Y Dedov has now been quoted as saying that Russia and Pakistan have held discussions to merge Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union project with the CPEC.

Dedov said Russia “strongly” supported CPEC as it was important for Pakistan’s economy and also regional connectivity.

The mixed signals emanating from Moscow, as strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney said, are injecting uncertainty in the direction of the Russia-India relationship whose trajectory long epitomized constancy and stability.

“It is as if Moscow no longer sees India as a reliable friend or partner. Indeed, by seeking common cause with India’s regional adversaries — including by supporting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through internationally disputed territory and engaging with the Pakistan-backed Taliban — Russia is challenging India’s core interests,” said Chellaney.India continues to officially maintain that it doesn’t see any “downward trend” in relations with Russia even as it works behind the scenes to convince Moscow that Pakistan remained the fountainhead of terrorism in the region. For India though, Russia further queered the situation in Afghanistan by declaring that it regarded Afghan Taliban as a national military-political movement. Russia is looking to engage the Taliban apparently to defeat IS but, as the MEA spokesperson warned last week, India wants any engagement with Taliban to respect the internationally recognized red lines, including giving up violence and severing ties with al-Qaida.


The comments made by Dedov are only the latest in a series of Russian doublespeak on Pakistan this year. As it officially conveyed to Moscow, India was disturbed by Russia’s decision to hold its first ever joint military exercise with Pakistan days after Uri terror strike which left 19 Indian soldiers dead. The Russians justified it by saying that the exercise was meant to help Pakistan deal with terrorism.At the Brics Goa summit in October, Russia chose not to help India publicly name Pakistan based terrorist outfits like Lashkar and Jaish in the official declaration in the face of Chinese resistance.


Russia continues to insist that its ties with Pakistan will not come at India’s cost. Asked about the Russia-Pakistan military exercise though, at the recent Heart of Asia conference, Russia’s presidential envoy to Pakistan Zamir Kabulov said Moscow didn’t complain about India’s close cooperation with the US and so India also shouldn’t complain about “much low level” of cooperation between Russia and Pakistan. India may or may not complain, but it’s certainly watching with eyes wide open.
 

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Russia throws its weight behind China-Pakistan corridor, keeps India on tenterhooks
To Russians, :yo:

With love..................

Since when you guys become so good ................!.........?

For haven''s sake, stay there as it is with China and Pakistan, for ever. look very very good. I am telling you.

India can join on US side now.

On top of it, hey Russians, don't forget to sell (!!!???), few of Su-35 and PAK-FA to Pakistan, they will be very happy.

(And for all DFI members, please, do me a favour, don't tell Pakistanis, that how much fuel those air-crafts drink in per hour of flying. :wink: )

:troll:
 

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Firstly, Russia is pissed off with our new relationship with the US of A and so molly coddling the Porks never mind that they got screwed by the Talibs with Paki help in Afghanistan in the 80s.

Secondly, the Russians have bowed to Chinese pressure to join the two most dysfunctional states on Earth - China and Porkistan. Both are trying to use aggressive policies for their hegemonistic goals - one by showing its military muscle and the other by the use of Jihadis as state policy.

And like China, Russia will use Porkistan as its concubine willing to do whatever the Russians demand of it. The cake in question is Balochistan where there are immense resources for the taking. Russia wants a slice of the pie too!

So you see why the sudden love for the Pakis by the Ruskies?

I wouldn't be surprised if the Chinese fund future Paki acquisitions of weapon systems from Russia like the SU-35s and S-400 systems too as the Pakis can never afford these goodies seeing that their economy is in a tailspin.

This is because the soon to be an autonomous region of China (like the Tibetan Autonomous Region), the Pakis will get all help and finance from the Chinks so that they are assimilated by the Chinese like the Borgs (in Star Trek) did!!. After all, Porkiland is the only state that stands by with the Chinks against their common enemy - India.

A cosy threesome seems to be emerging! And that ain't good news for India!
 
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Having sleepless nights!

This reporting is wrong at so many levels.

A growing power like India doesn't want/need to stay under any spent power's shadow. India will chart her own priorities. We have got clear advantage in terms of assets and capabilities in our backyard.
 

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