Brics sees India-Russia collaboration

bricsThe Brics summit in Goa concluded with a joint declaration as usual.

India made it a point to focus on terrorism, but it could not convince China to change its stance on Masood Azhar, leader of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

China-India ties have been fading for some years and the future of Brics remains tentative because of this growing divergence. India’s ties with Russia have seen turbulence in recent weeks, as was made clear when Moscow went ahead and conducted its first ever military exercises with Pakistan.

During the Brics summit, India sought to re-engage with Russia more substantively. The two leaders also took part in a ceremony to lay the foundation for the third and fourth power units of India’s Kudankulam nuclear plant.

To allay India’s concerns, Russian made it clear that Moscow has not signed any contracts and has no plans to sign any military-related deals with Pakistan.