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Subject: FC-1 Deal Hurt India/Russia Relations
Softwar    5/31/2007 2:32:24 PM India, Russia Struggle to Maintain Ties From Another Era Since President Vladimir Putin's most recent visit here in January, Indian-Russian relations have had their ups and downs. Moscow is either asking for more money for a range of big-ticket items ordered by New Delhi, from jet fighters to an aircraft carrier, or more time to make promised deliveries. Energy-hungry India is fretting that a pair of 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plants will not be able to go on line until 2009, because Russia is dragging its feet in supplying crucial equipment. To add insult to injury, Russia has helped arm, albeit indirectly, India's main rival, Pakistan. Research fellow Reshmi Kazi at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies hopes that was an isolated incident. "One thing which I am really perturbed about is China supplied FC-1 fighter jets to Pakistan," said Kazi. "These planes are fitted with Russian engines. We all know what the situation in Pakistan is at present. I leave it to the wisdom of Russian foreign policy whether they would further indulge in such kind of deals."
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Nanheyangrouchuan       5/31/2007 5:15:40 PM
Probably because China is putting alot of pressure (and some threats) on Russia to "enhance bilateral cooperations".
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