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India showing faith in Russia is pragmatic, hedges US’ mixed signals

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India’s move to reaffirm its faith in its old friendship with Russia is pragmatic. It can look like a return to strategic ambiguity but New Delhi can’t be faulted if it perceives the signals from Biden’s America as mixed and prefers some hedge. Besides, Russia has strong ties with China.

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