In a multi-polar world, why should either Moscow or New Delhi have to 'choose' when it comes down to it?
They are both major powers in their own right and can decide on their own positions, or to not take a position at all.
Russia is not going to choose between China and India, it has nothing to obligate it to.
Same with India choosing between Russia and America.
This is American bullshit.... China and India and Russia don't need to be best buddies to trade and they don't need exclusive relationships to cooperate on many levels.
It is America and the EU that will only trade and cooperate if you cut ties with this or that country, and if you agree to do so that list of countries you can't trade with will only increase till you can only trade with them.
They are not trading with you to help you out... they are trading because they need what you have or want to sell their shit to you... they are not doing you any favours they are only interested in their own interests.
Don't let them sucker you into cutting ties with anyone or going to war with anyone.
Because they are not great, they are too small to hold their own against the U.S and China.
Who said India are not great? The measure of a country is not its economy. By that metric Russia is weak and pathetic, yet it is balancing its spending, has paid off its debts to manageable levels, and is building a substantial reserve at a time of a global pandemic and open hostility from the rich and powerful west... it has reformed its military... before 2005 even the Russian people had a low opinion of their military, but they have turned that around completely and not through fake news and propaganda with movies showing them winning wars, but through a complete overhaul and upgrade of their training and equipment and weapons and the introduction of upgraded to the max ex Soviet equipment and also designed from scratch state of the art upgraded equipment and weapons that are second to none in the world... not just developed, but put into production and in the process of putting into service across the board.
Russia didn't do all this because of Western support and investment, in fact they did it in the face of hostile western sanctions designed to damage Russia and bring her in to line so international companies and foreign countries could buy up all their assets and resources and use them up like they have in the Ukraine.
I can appreciate India thinking the US can save them and invest and build them up and help them... but the only times the US did that was with West Germany and Japan after WWII and it was with the express purpose of facing off against the Soviet Union and Communist China... West Germany became a hub of production and so did Japan but they were also subservient vessels controlled completely by the US... unable to break free even today...
Russia by now should have had an economy that's roughly $7-$8 trillion but for reasons unknown to me, it's not.
Because the west has closed shop and the old boys club wont let Russia in because it didn't go to the correct school and does not wear a school tie they recognise.
So until such time that Russia & India drastically increases the size of their economy they will have to play second fiddle to U.S and China.
Bullshit... China would never dream of telling Russia what they can or cannot do, just like Russia would not tell China or India what they can or cannot do.
The US tells everyone what they should do and of course Russia and China ignore them for the yapping dogs they are... India is listening because it is hoping to get some perks from western companies pulling out of China.
Trump wanted those companies to go back to the US but unless he forces them they will go to Bangledesh or even Afghanistan if there is not conflict there...
Anything of value you might get from the US you will lose because you have to buy their military stuff which is enormously over priced and often unable to do the job without all the other stuff that goes with it... some of which you might not be allowed.
Dmitri Trenin from Carnegie Moscow recently analyzed the current state of Russia-India relations. He too suggests that Russian politicians remains Euro centric and people to people relation between Russia & India is missing.
I could have told you that... Russia looks to Europe as a model to follow, when it reality it is not... Russia and India and China all need to find their own ways forward and not look to the west because the west is screwed. They don't need to find a way together, each could choose a slightly different path, but they need to be still able to work with each other where it makes sense and not actively sabotage each other like spoilt children (the west).
The success of China or Russia or India does not damage the other two countries and rather than trying to hold each other back you should be working to help other countries develop and improve with you.
However there are many more countries in the world, and Russia is certainly not about to let China say who it can and can't be friends with.
And the point is that China does not tell Russia who it can or can't be friends with and Russia does not talk to China in that way either.
There is a huge world out there of countries that are stuck in limbo because their international trade has mainly been with the west... making the west rich and powerful but not earning very much or developing for themselves. A growing China and growing Russia and a growing India offers alternatives to the west where they can grow and develop without restrictions and demands for laws that limit their growth and hand over ownership of their resources to the west to exploit.
Africa has noticed that China and Russia don't demand exclusive mineral rights and despite all the shit talk from the west about China locking Africa into debt spirals they can never pay back.... that is what the west did and the Chinese are not doing.... the Chinese are building good roads and schools and hospitals because they want the locals to see the benefit of working with them and also help local workers gain more skills to make them more useful in factories and give them a better future.
So, Russia will be friends with China, and it will be friends with India, if India wishes. It will be friends with African states, Middle Eastern states, and Europe as well in the future, if they get off their high-horse. The volume of Russian-EU trade is still greater than the volume of trade Russia has with China.
And the EU is going to have to make the decision going down the track as to whether to stay Americas bitch and do as they are told by Washington, or whether they want to make their own choices and decisions... the silk roads are to improve trade between money centres... Asia and the EU... India can be a part of that which puts them on the trade route between both places so sending stuff to any country along that route becomes cheaper and easier and faster, which improves trade for everyone, or they can side with the US and make the Silk roads go around India and you don't make a rupee... look at Ukraine... has the US and EU showered them in money to compensate them for all the helicopter engines they are not selling to Russia or tank engines or Ship engines or rocket parts or transport planes? Did the US give France lots of money to compensate them over the Mistral deal. Has the US bought all that EU food rotting because of Russian sanctions against the EU for EU sanctions against Russia?
The US demands but does not pay out compensation.... keep that in mind...
Going forward, Russia needs a strong India as it wants a counter-balance to China as well, or rather a triumvirate in Asia consisting of itself, China and India, per the Primakov doctrine.
There is no benefit to Russia of getting on whatever China's agenda for India may or may not be.
Russia does not want a weak India or a weak China, it benefits Russia for China to be strong and it benefits Russia for India to be strong.... in addition of course it benefits China for China to be strong and it benefits India for India to be strong.
The US wants India as a battering ram to break China... they might build you up a little but essentially they are not going to waste a lot or resources making you too strong because you are only going to be cannon fodder to weaken China who is their main foe right now.
It is just the luck of the draw if India had copied exactly what Russia did and had their own Putin and it was India that was strong it would be China that the US is sucking up to to get them to challenge the dangerous India who is trying to build trade routes to Asia and Europe to improve ties.... because those trade routes don't help US trade with either region and step up competition and make American goods more expensive and slower to arrive in comparison...