A Crimean crisis for Delhi
Russia's virtually bloodless annexation of Crimea has shaken Europe. At the Brussels Forum, organised last weekend by the German Marshall Fund, leaders and diplomats — including from Ukraine, Russia and Eastern Europe — raised the worrying prospect of a new Cold War.
Many highlighted the need to enhance their military preparedness after two decades of relative neglect. For its part, India has adopted a more careful position on the Crimean crisis than the headlines have often projected.
While NSA Shivshankar Menon noted that there were "legitimate Russian and other interests involved" in Crimea, PM Manmohan Singh — according to a released statement — emphasised "issues of unity and territorial integrity" and the hope of "long term peace and stability in Europe" in a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Crimean crisis has clearly presented India with a dilemma.
Dhruva Jaishankar is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, where he manages the India Trilateral Forum, a twice-yearly strategic dialogue between India, the US, and Europe.