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How India's Modi helped save the West by buying Russian oil

World may have faced economic crisis without India playing role of villain

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brushed aside Western criticism of his country's Russian oil purchases as he pushes for "strategic autonomy."    © Reuters

TOKYO -- India's international stature has grown sharply due to its role as the effective leader of the so-called Global South, a shorthand term for emerging and developing economies that do not align with any major power blocs.

The country is chairing the Group of 20 nations this year, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasting no time in launching a diplomatic offensive to solidify India's position as a leading global player.

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