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India wants strategic partnerships, not friends with common values

Understanding New Delhi's response to the war in Ukraine

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Narendra Modi, right, and Vladimir Putin greet each other in New Delhi in December 2021: India cannot antagonize Russia in light of continuous Chinese expansion across the Himalayan border.   © AP

Marie Lall is professor of education and South Asian studies at UCL in London.

India has refused to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and has abstained from a number of United Nations votes related to the war.

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