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Indo-Soviet Relations

Indo-Soviet Relations Shorn of rhetoric; the central aspect of the Indo-Soviet relationship has always been the Indian government's security concerns. It needs to be recalled that the genesis of the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which has been hailed as a bulwark for "promoting peace and stability in Asia and the world" in the joint statement issued at the end of the Soviet president's visit last Sunday, was the war with Pakistan and the need to keep the US and China at bay. The real character of the Indo-Soviet relationship is also revealed by the fact that Soviet supplies of sophisticated military hardware have been, from as early as the late sixties, such a crucial part of it. Typically, this aspect gained further in importance at the beginning of this decade with the resumption of US arms aid to Pakistan in the wake of the entry of the Soviet armed forces into Afghanistan. In other words, our troubled relations with Pakistan from the very outset and with China after the border war with that country have provided the essential framework for the friendship with the Soviet Union.

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