NEW DELHI, APRIL 3 : While underlining the fact that in the renewed geo-political scenario, Indo- Russian collaboration is vital for ensuring peace and security, experts have stressed that Russia's experience in Syria is a vital learning for international collaboration to combat terror elements. The experts were speaking at a video interaction between New Delhi and Moscow today. The interaction was organized on the occasion of the Conference on International Security in Moscow which has been organized by Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation from 4-5 of April 2018. Importantly, it is being participated by Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others.
Experts from both the countries discussed topical regional security issues, the processes of cooperation between Russia and India to strengthen it, joint steps to counter international terrorism, as well as common threats, challenges, and opportunities to minimize them.
The interaction titled "Regional security: A view from Moscow and Delhi" was participated by Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, President, Institute of Global Studies, Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, Brigadier (Retd.) Rahul K. Bhonsle, Director of Sasia Security-Risks.com and Defense & Security Analyst and Dr. Gulshan Sachdeva, Professor, Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from New Delhi
The experts who participated from Moscow were Ambassador Gleb Ivashentsov Member of the Russian Council for International Affairs, Alexei Kondratiev, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security and Boris Volkhonsky, Associate Professor of the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University.
There is no ready to use therapy for combating terror elements while the essential aspect is that for any such combat there are three elements which are the military, social and political components. Russia has been largely successful in its Syrian operation because it could simultaneously take up all these three factors in consideration and these learnings are vital for situations like that in Afghanistan. " Alexei Kondratiev, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security
Intervening in the discussion, Boris Volkhonsky, Associate Professor of the Institute of Asian and African Studies said regional concerns are no more regional and it has global implications and in present times greater cooperation between Eurasian powers like India, China and Russia is vital for stability in the region as well as for the global peace.
Terror elements collaborate and work in tandem and radicalisation of youths from the region is an alarming situation. He said that both Russia and India are societies where different faiths coexist and prosper and our strengths of peace and coexistence can be a major area of cooperation and to fight radicalisation. He insisted that unlike the common impression that Pakistan is a victim of terror, the real fact that Pakistan is a victim of its own policies. India wants to see a strong and prosperous Pakistan. Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, President, Institute of Global Studies
Ambassador Gleb Ivashentsov Member of the Russian Council for International Affairs insisted that Pakistan is an important player and cannot be ignored in any process involving Afghanistan. He cited the example of Shanghai Cooperation as an example of Pakistan, India, Russia and China working together for a common cause.
Brigadier (Retd.) Rahul K. Bhonsle, Director of Sasia Security-Risks.com and Defense & Security called on India and Russia to work more closely as cyber age has brought in an era when terror elements are working globally and major powers need to come together to counter it. He warned that the threat of Lone Ranger strikes is a major challenge and he also expressed his concern over Pakistani sponsorship of terror networks in the region.
The trust built with years of working together between India and Russia is a vital element for international cooperation to fight terror and to ensure security and stability in the region which has global implications. Dr Gulshan Sachdeva, Professor, Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University .
The interaction ended with the question and answers session and was coordinated by Olga Dycheva, Head of the information Department of the Russian Embassy.