India’s Multipolar Vision For The Russian Far East Is Perfectly Complementary To Moscow’s

Upon comparing the Russian and Indian leaders’ speeches, there’s no doubt that they share the same vision not just for the Far East, but also for the global systemic transition to multipolarity more broadly.

This year’s Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok was a milestone event which proved that Russia is far from isolated like the US-led Western Mainstream Media (MSM) falsely claims. President Putin previewed this several-day gathering prior to its opening by briefly summarizing his recently restored world power’s Asia-Pacific strategy. In a nutshell, he envisages mutually beneficial geo-economic cooperation there leading to the creation and strengthening of multipolar institutions.

During his keynote speech, the Russian leader then touched upon about how the Eurasian logistics corridors transiting through his country serve every responsible stakeholders’ interests. In particular, he pointed to the North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) and the Northern Sea Route (NSR), both of which India participates in to varying extents. President Putin also mentioned his Great Power’s unique resource self-sufficiency, which he said can be of immense use to its many Asia-Pacific partners.

Prime Minister Modi addressed the event by video later that same day in a short speech which proved that India’s multipolar vision for the Russian Far East is perfectly complementary to Moscow’s. This South Asian leader reminded everyone that his civilization-state was the first to establish a consulate in Vladivostok three decades ago and that it unveiled its ambitious “Act Far-East” policy during his last in-person attendance at the EEF in 2019 for focusing exclusively on this geostrategic Russian region.

In fact, he even reaffirmed that “this policy has become a key pillar of the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ of India and Russia.” Moving along, Prime Minister Modi then praised his Eurasian Great Power partner’s connectivity potential with respect to the two logistics corridors that President Putin earlier touched upon as well as the Vladivostok-Chennai Maritime Corridor (VCMC). He expects them to lead to more Indian investment in Russia and suggested exporting Indian talent if needed.

On the subject of natural resources, Prime Minister Modi expressed his country’s eagerness to closely cooperate with Russia in order to meet its growing needs, which is another alignment with President Putin’s vision. Lastly, he cited India’s ancient doctrine of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (“the world is one family”) to demonstrate the millennia-long basis of its multipolar worldview. To that end, he reiterated its principled neutrality in the Ukrainian Conflict and closed with a call for diplomatically driven peace.

Upon comparing the Russian and Indian leaders’ speeches, there’s no doubt that they share the same vision not just for the Far East, but also for the global systemic transition to multipolarity more broadly. Prime Minister Modi proved that his civilization-state will never unilaterally concede on issues that it regards as being in its objective national interests, hence why India has proudly rebuffed all American pressure upon it to sanction Russia and will thus continue rising as an independent pole of influence.

By Andrew Korybko Via