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The Russian economy has recorded positive growth since the third quarter of 2016 and is expected to grow 1-1.5% in 2017 and 1-2% in 2018 & 2019, as per projections of IMF and the Russian Central Bank. The Central Bank announced a reduction in key lending rate to 9.75% from 10%, reacting to a fall in inflation to 4.3%.

International rating agency S&P upgraded Russia’s sovereign rating from stable to positive, while Moody’s upgraded it from negative to stable, on the basis of…

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As political debate rages in the US about the Trump Administration’s approach on Russia and his enigmatic remarks on the trans-Atlantic relationship, there have been some perceptible changes in the tone of Europe’s recent engagement with Russia. Discussions on resuming economic contacts have commenced (though somewhat low-key).

The unease in large parts of Europe over EU’s current hard line posture on Russia had so far been suppressed by firm American pressure – which President Obama…

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Russia continued to be intensively involved in both the military operations and the political process in Syria, carefully navigating between the conflicting interests of the various parties involved. The assault on the ISIS-held Al Bab was an example. Turkish forces, along with the rebel group Free Syrian Army, and the Syrian forces were both separately pushing ahead to re-capture this strategic town. Russia was involved in a coordination mechanism to avoid clashes between these forces.…

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India-Russia high-level interactions in February appeared to have assuaged apprehensions of significant divergence in strategic and security perspectives of the two countries. These apprehensions developed from the growth of Russia-Pakistan relations, Russia’s reported interest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the joint military drills barely a week after the Uri terrorist attack and a perceived Russia-China-Pakistan axis for promoting Taliban’s interests in…
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The outgoing Obama Administration whipped up an anti-Russia fervour in USA by declaring new sanctions against Russia on December 30 and then ordering the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from USA. This was a response to the alleged Russian interference in the US Presidential elections through hacking and other means. A Congressional hearing was hastily arranged, in which Administration officials claimed to have incontrovertible evidence of Russian culpability (and that of President Putin…

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The Russia-Turkey-Iran initiative for talks in the Kazakh capital Astana between the various stakeholders in the Syrian crisis on January 23 and 24 ended with some agreement between the three sponsors to sustain the fragile ceasefire. Under the agreement, a trilateral monitoring group would be set up to enforce the ceasefire. Further details are yet to be worked out. The statement expressed the joint determination to fight the Islamic State, though Jabhat Fateh al-Sham was not…

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Russian Deputy PM Rogozin led a Russian delegation to the Vibrant Gujarat exposition (January 9-11), in which a number of large Russian companies and two Russian regions participated. Reports mentioned new areas of cooperation were discussed, like diamond-processing, dairy and smart cities.

The significant meeting, however, was that of DPM Rogozin with PM Modi (January 9), particularly in the backdrop of revelations about the Russian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan and the…

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The passing away of Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander “Sasha” Kadakin, on January 26, removed from the canvas of the India-Russia relationship a staunch friend of India and a strong votary of the strategic partnership. He held various diplomatic positions in the Russian Embassy in Delhi at various stages in the India-Russia relationship, clocking a total of about 20 years in India. He had therefore an acute understanding of India’s political structures and bureaucratic procedures. As a…

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About the Author

Born in 1955, Ambassador Raghavan holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Physics and a B.E. in Electronics & Communications Engineering. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979. From 1979 to 2000, he had diplomatic assignments in USSR, Poland, United Kingdom, Vietnam and South Africa, interspersed with assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi. From 2000 to 2004, he was Joint Secretary in the Indian Prime Minister's Office dealing with Foreign Affairs, Nuclear Energy, Space, Defence and National Security. Thereafter, he was Ambassador of India to Czech Republic (2004 - 2007) and to Ireland (2007 - 2011).

He was Chief Coordinator of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi (March 2012) and Special Envoy of the Government of India to Sudan and South Sudan (2012-13). Ambassador Raghavan conceptualized and piloted the creation of the Development Partnership Administration (DPA) in MEA, which implements and monitors India’s economic partnership programs in developing countries, with an annual budget of $1-1.5 billion. He headed DPA in 2012-13. From March 2013 to January 2014, he oversaw the functioning of the Administration, Security, Information Technology and other related Divisions of MEA. Since October 2013, he was also Secretary [Economic Relations] in MEA, steering India’s bilateral and multilateral external economic engagement. Ambassador Raghavan retired from the Indian Foreign Service in January 2016, after serving from 2014 as Ambassador of India to Russia. Since September 2016, he is Convenor of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India.

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