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- In the intro, mention the Russian invasion of Ukraine and India’s difficulty in avoiding the perception of being on the side of the aggressor.
- In the body, mention that strategic legacy acts as a glue between the two nations. In contemporary political issues mention India’s interests in maintaining multipolar order in the region, India’s defence ties with Russia for defence equipment, convergence in the area of energy, the prospect of cooperation in the area of food security etc. In the area of divergence mention Russia’s position in Afghanistan, India’s growing tilt towards the US, India’s positions on Indo-Pacific etc.
- Conclude by mentioning the need for India to tread the path of balancing the relations as India seeks growing engagement with the US.