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India remains equidistant between Russia and US on Ukraine, amid challenges closer to home

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been among the few world leaders able to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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NEW DELHI - India has continued to maintain an equilibrium between Russia and the United States over Ukraine, refusing to be drawn into a faraway conflict that could upset diplomatic calculations closer to home.

It has close ties with Russia, a major defence partner, and its bilateral relationship with the US remains increasingly crucial. Both partnerships are critical for handling of threats closer to home - from China to Pakistan.

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