Maha Siddiqui is Editor Foreign Affairs and Anchor at CNN-News18. She has a career spanning nearly two decades. She reports on India’s foreign relations with primary focus on US, China, Pakistan, and other neighbouring countries. She has covered Parliament for over a decade, national and state elections since 2004 and has done in-depth reportage on social issues. Maha is a Chevening scholar and studied journalism at IIMC, Delhi.
It is now not only a question of two of India’s closest allies sparring over Ukraine. It has now turned into what appears to be a larger battle of supremacy and Russia re-emerging as a power to reckon with after the implosion of the Soviet Union three decades ago.
With an increased tussle between India’s comprehensive strategic partner, the US, and special and privileged strategic partner, Russia, articulating on the Ukraine crisis will certainly be a tightrope walk.
Several key agreements are likely to be signed between India and Russia during Putin’s visit, the crucial one being for the production of AK-203 rifles. The two countries will also hold their first 2+2 dialogue on December 6.