India has given a befitting reply to Russia’s growing love for Pakistan. Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who arrived in Moscow on a three-day visit, is now going to visit Russia’s arch rival Georgia on July 9 and 10. Russia has the same relationship with Georgia as India has with Pakistan. This will be the first official visit of the Indian External Affairs Minister to Georgia, which became independent from Russia in 1991.
Is India trying to answer Russia?
The Indian Foreign Minister’s visit to Georgia is being seen in diplomatic circles as a strong reply to Russia. Prior to today, India has refrained from enhancing ties with Georgia in order not to offend Russia. But, after this S Jaishankar’s visit is being considered as a major change in Indian diplomacy. On 6 April this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached New Delhi on a 19-hour visit to India. Then it was told from the Russian side that the purpose of this visit is to finalize the preparations for the annual India-Russia summit. After the visit to India, the Russian Foreign Minister also visited Pakistan.
Russia-Georgia relations like India and Pakistan
Relations with Russia have been strained since Georgia’s independence. Russian forces have occupied about 20 percent of Georgian territory since the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. The region also includes the region of South Ossetia and Abkhazia where people still travel on Russian passports today. In 2008, both the countries have also fought a big war. Georgia is an ally of America. Due to this also tension with Russia remains.
Russian Foreign Minister reached Pakistan for the first time in 9 years
Russia has been shunning Pakistan from the very beginning regarding relations with India. But, after 2009, restless Russia began to strengthen its ties with Pakistan with the formation of closer ties between India and the US. This is the reason that despite India’s opposition, the Russian army conducted joint exercises with Pakistan.
Russia to give special military weapons to Pakistan
The Russian Foreign Minister then announced that his country would provide special military weapons to Pakistan. It was also agreed to enhance cooperation in fighting terrorism and conduct joint naval and land exercises between the two Cold War rivals. Russia, however, did not specify what weapons it would give to Pakistan. Obviously India was worried about this thing of Russia.