NEW DELHI - The top brass of the Indian establishment is expecting to hold meetings with Russian Ambassador in Kabul Kabulov and share the country's concerns as well as explore the possibility of effective collaboration with Russia in the Afghan peace process.
India thinks it holds a pivotal position in the new US strategy in Afghanistan which has been strongly criticized by Russia.Moreover, last year, Russia had sought to collaborate exclusively with China and Pakistan in its effort to broker a peace deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government. India's exclusion from this multi-party conversation had sown the seeds of discontent between India and Russia.
Moscow later engaged India in the process by inviting it to six-party talks held in February this year. Kabulov's upcoming visit would mark the first bilateral engagement between Moscow and New Delhi on Afghanistan .
"In the changing geopolitical situation, Russia now wants to maintain a balance between India and Pakistan as far as the Afghan strategy is concerned.
The fact is that Russia is a close ally of India but recent overtures to Pakistan has been a major cause of concern for India despite assurances from Moscow. India has larger stakes in Afghanistan , therefore, it will be really great if both Russia and India work in tandem in the Afghanistan peace process.
In fact, peace and stability in Afghanistan are essential both for India and Russia," Robinder Sachdev, President of an independent think tank, Imagindia told Sputnik.