Nitin Pai quoted in a piece on Putin’s Delhi visit

Takshashila’s Nitin Pai quoted in a piece on Russian president Vladimir Putin’s meeting in New Delhi on the sidelines of the 13th India-Russia summit.

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Mr Putin’s visit comes “at a time when there is greater convergence of interests between India and the United States, than between India and Russia”, said Nitin Pai, director of the Takshashila Institution think tank in Bengaluru.

“That said, Russia bears greater responsibility for the divergence in relations with India, for it has almost gratuitously pursued an arms-sale relationship with Pakistan,” Mr Pai said.

“Those sales have little utility other than sending unwelcome signals to New Delhi.”