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to encircle that country by the other superpower, Referring to the conversion of the Dieso Garcia naval base into a nuclear one and the stepping up of western pressure in the Gulf area, she said that "in such a situation the Soviets were bound to react sharply". According to her, it was Indian initiative which had "prevented any escalation of the situation in Afghanistan", She more or less reiterated this assessment of the Soviet action during her visits to Salisbury and Belgrade where too she spoke of how the Soviet Union was "forced to intervene in Afghanistan" as that country was being "destabilised", and of "encirclement" of the Soviet Union by the anti-Soviet forces. While the government has repeatedly claimed that it does not support Soviet intervention, its actions and various proposals for a resolution of the Afghan problem suggest that it is determined to absolve the Soviet Union of all blame in the affair. The Government of India also appears to be determined to ignore the geo-political implications of the Soviet action. Instead, it has continued to harp on the 'threat' from Pakistan and China and although Pakistan has rejected US arms, aid, the government has continued to assert that "Pakistan's militarisation poses a threat" to Indian security. While playing down the presence of Soviet troops in Afghanistan, the government has blamed the US, China and Pakistan for escalating the crisis and ending detente.

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