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India, Russia sign white paper, aiming cooperation in Central Asia

Seeking engagement in central Asia, which has five countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

India and Russia exchanged “White paper” on how to expand cooperation in central Asia, with five countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Five countries were once part of the Soviet Union and Russia has a great influence on them. Non-white paper is a non-governmental document that aims to highlight important aspects of dialogue.

The non-paper has identified a number of negotiations, one of which is self-defense as India aims to be a supplier of arms to that part of the world. These Central Asian countries use Russian defense equipment and India can supply locally made parts.

Other working areas are listed to enhance the Indo-Russian interaction in the region that has seen the Chinese enter, especially creating a debt crisis.

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When Russian President Putin was at his annual press conference talking to China several times, he even said he had a “very reliable personal relationship” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Moscow was unlikely to hand over a blank check to Beijing, where the region is located. or other geopolitical features. China under the Jinping regime, in its dealings with countries, considers them as allies or enemies.

Non-paper trade comes even Russia invites Indian participation in the Far East, especially regarding Indian workers.

As Russia develops its far east, its preferred partner is India, not neighboring China. The area is bordered by China and is rich in resources. Plans are afoot to connect Vladivostok with Chennai, which is a key result of Prime Minister Modi’s 2018 visit to the city at the annual India-Russia summit.

India has enhanced its relations with Central Asia where it shares its cultural ties. The Prime Minister of India had visited all the countries of central Asia in 2015 at one time.

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First, India has invited all the leaders of the 5 Central Asian countries on the day of the Republic in January 2022. It is after 2018 that such a large group of leaders has been invited to a big show in the heart of Delhi. That year all 10 ASEAN block countries were invited as guests.

The event will feature the first India-Central Asia summit as both sides celebrate 30 years of establishing their own communications relations. Earlier this month a third meeting of Indian Central Asian foreign ministers was held in Delhi as Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar holding all 5 colleagues. The main focus of the meeting was on Afghanistan, the Covid crisis, and communications.

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