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MOSCOW: Signaling a strong convergence to protect their strategic stakes in Afghanistan, India and Russia are set to emphasize that Pakistan's bid to rehabilitate Taliban is not an acceptable outcome post the US drawdown.

A "fundamental commonality" over combating terrorism is expected to be the focus of the joint statement to be issued on Monday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

India and Russia will not ink contracts for units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant - negotiations are held up in legal nitty-gritty - but will look to make up for the disappointment by leveraging a strategic confluence over the security scenario in Afghanistan.

Speaking on background, a senior official said, "Any resurgence of regressive forces (seen as a code for Taliban) or extremism is not desirable. A chance to exchange views at the highest level is always helpful."

As Singh and Putin share perceptions on Afghanistan, they are likely to agree that the US compulsion to leave the war-torn nation cannot come at the cost of India and Russia's interests or those of other nations who have reasons to worry about increased instability in the region.

Experts have noted that the US need to move troops and military hardware out of Afghanistan would require Pakistan's cooperation and the Pakistani military - and political leadership - sees an opportunity to install a friendly regime in Kabul.

The sensitivity of the unfolding Afghan scenario could be gauged by the official caution on Pakistan reducing violations of the ceasefire agreement along the line of control in J&K after Singh's recent meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

"We will have to give it time to see how it works," the official said when asked whether an exchange of information between the Indian and Pakistani Director Generals of Military Operations was yielding results.

Singh, a veteran of meetings with the Russian leaderships as he heads into his 10th summit, is expected to continue an almost unbroken dialogue with Putin. Singh has been able to reach back to his exchanges with Putin that go back to 2004 as he prepared to meet the Russian strongman.

The security dialogue is likely to make up for a sparse clutch of agreements as Singh and Putin consider the implications of US's hunt for a political solution that allows it to make a relatively bloodless exit from Afghanistan.

Both India and Russia have reasons to worry about Pakistan's dogged bid to play on US vulnerabilities to regain "strategic depth" in Afghanistan that has included an attempt to negotiate with Taliban.

Getting Taliban back into play suits Pakistan's interest as it looks to block and pare down India's presence in Afghanistan, having already provided a launching pad for terror strikes against Indian interests.

The Pakistan army's stepped up aggression in Jammu and Kashmir is also seen to reflect Islamabad's confidence that it can increase the pain threshold with India without attracting the level of criticism that it previously did.


Manmohan Singh-Vladimir Putin talks will focus on Taliban - The Times of India
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LOL...bhartis are so retarded.

War. is. Over.

Within few months, America will complete is withdrawal. Talibans control majority of Afghanistan as I write this post. Pakistan is in talks with its own Talibans...West is talking to Taliban through back door diplomacy.

What will india do by crying NOW? Ab kya karay ga huwait, jab chiryan chug gayin khait ....:omghaha:
 

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Well, there is nothing india or russia can do about it. Russia learned its lesson in the 80's, and india is not strong enough to protect its interests in afghanistan. No matter what anyone says, the taliban is a proxy for pakistan. Pakistan will dominate afghanistan. If we couldn't contain the taliban, the ana sure as hell wont. It will be a long bloody civil war and the us should do everything to help the ana. If we don't, the taliban will be sure to come out on top like last time, those bastards don't give up.
 

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Singh went to US: whined and cried about Pakistan

Went to turkey; whining and crying about Pakistan

Now going to Russia doing the same **** again.
 

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@Zarvan

1- Taliban are the reality of Afghanistan it does not matter who likes them or who does not like them .....

2- Return of Taliban as sole power of Afghanistan is not in favor of any of the country in this region Including Pakistan.....

3- After withdrawal of America (complete or partial) any attempt to stop Taliban to reinstate their government in Kabul would lead to another civil war ..... from which Pakistan would suffer most.

4- 'No country' in region wants a destabilised Afghanistan of early 90s era....

5- Regional approach which can accommodate the due interest of neighbouring countries of Afghan is the only feasible solution ....

6- Though it will be difficult to agree Taliban to share power with other segments of Afghan society but I my humble opinion it is the only way to move forward for stabilized and progressive Afghanistan

7- Presence of India in Afghanistan would be the extension of American role in Afghanistan ......

8- SCO is the platform which should be used for regional dialog for the resolution post 2014 Afghanistan problem.
 
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1- Taliban are the reality of Afghanistan it does not matter who likes them or who does not like them .....

2- Return of Taliban as sole power of Afghanistan is not in favor of any of the country in this region Including Pakistan.....

3- After withdrawal of America (complete or partial) any attempt to stop Taliban to reinstate their government in Kabul would lead to another civil war ..... from which Pakistan would suffer most.

4- 'No country' in region wants a destabilised Afghanistan of early 90s era....

5- Regional approach which can accommodate the due interest of neighbouring countries of Afghan is the only feasible solution ....

6- Though it will be difficult to agree Taliban to share power with other segments of Afghan society but I my humble opinion it is the only way to move forward for stabilized and progressive Afghanistan

7- Presence of India in Afghanistan would be the extension of American role in Afghanistan ......

8- SCO is the platform which should be used for regional dialog for the resolution post 2014 Afghanistan problem.
I don't think Taliban would share power they would either try to capture whole of Afghanistan or as many area as they could and these ANA guys without USA backing don't stand a chance they will will vanish with in few months most will either join Taliban or surrender and escape from the area
 
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Singh went to US: whined and cried about Pakistan

Went to turkey; whining and crying about Pakistan

Now going to Russia doing the same **** again.
Eeh? Since when do we really care about them? Leave them alone, move on, all hail to Taliban :omghaha:

These Afghan politicans don't deserve the oxygen they breathe...
 

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@Zarvan,

You know I am not one of those Indians who looks at the US India turn around in relations over the past decad with any illusions (or delusions depending on how you want to look at it).

The US for all intents and purposes will remain in bed with you guys (as the dominant, paying partner) for the foreseeable future.

Regardless of the recent grumblings and bad blood about defence procurement delays and pricing and the far right white supremacist fringe in Russia, the fact remains that the destiny of the two cold war partners is strongly intertwined.

Its a good place to be in when you have two military superpowers looking favorably at you. It allows us the time and space to grow unfettered and largely unthreatened.
 
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