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India as a great power will need Russian weapons

India as a great power will need Russian weapons

Kirill Fursov

Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Researcher, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University

Kirill Fursov, Ph.D. (Hist.), Senior researcher, Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University:
- Russian-Indian cooperation in the field of armaments, of course, will continue, and the prospects for it are good. This is due to India's growing desire for sovereign status.

Has India already become a power in the South Asian region after at least the victorious third war with Pakistan in 1971 and the 1974 nuclear tests? next in line is the achievement of the status of a power within Asia as a whole.

The terminological line between the concepts of “regional” and “great” power is somewhat vague, it is no coincidence that in the analytical literature of recent years India (like China, although its successes are more obvious) is vaguely called an emerging or emerging power. The most important motive for strengthening India's armed forces is its intention to repel possible threats to its territorial integrity and economic interests, which are becoming more and more extensive with the growth of its economy. For example, the country imports 70% of the oil consumed and more than half of the natural gas, and mainly by sea.

Therefore, a number of Indian politicians call the entire zone from the Persian Gulf to the Malacca Strait a legitimate sphere of the country's interests. Indeed, maintaining security in this wide area is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for the development of India itself. As analysts emphasize, if each country has regional interests, the great powers also have a regional responsibility. The interests of India are pushing her to assume an increasing share of this responsibility. Therefore, India's demand for Russian military equipment will not only remain, but, most likely, will continue to grow.

More on the supply of Russian weapons to India - in the material of Mikhail Botvinnik "Great Indian Water"

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