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India's bet on Quad disrupts Russia's power play

New Delhi wants to strengthen ties with Washington -- and not just in security

Elite National Security Guard commandos march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 26.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- When the annual India-Russia summit was canceled in December for the first time since it kicked off two decades ago, COVID-19 was cited as the convenient and obvious reason.

But Moscow was widely reported to have been uneasy about its old South Asian partner getting too close to the U.S., especially as India steps up participation in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue -- also known as the Quad -- an informal arrangement among Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. that is increasingly likened to an "Asian NATO."

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