Russia has thrown its weight behind the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) putting India, which sought to isolate Pakistan, in a tough spot.
In November, Russia had officially denied that it was holding secret talks with Pakistan over supporting CPEC. But now Russian ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Dedov has said that it is interested in linking its Eurasian Economic Project with CPEC.
The Russian ambassador also said that he supports CPEC and considers it essential for economic growth in Pakistan.
CPEC will link Gwadar to China’s Xinjiang province, passing through Gilgit Baltistan.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally expressed his concern to Chinese President Xi Jinping, but China has paid him little attention.
Over this latest development, Indian strategic expert Brahma Chellaney, said the Russia-India friendship had reached an uncertain turn.
“It is as if Moscow no longer sees India as a reliable friend or partner. Indeed, by seeking common cause with India’s regional adversaries — including by supporting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through internationally disputed territory and engaging with the Afghan Taliban — Russia is challenging India’s core interests,” said Chellaney, the Times of India reported.