Dr Raj Kumar Sharma writes: Good relations with Russia would give President Erdogan some respite in foreign policy matters in order to concentrate on the domestic front where he has a number of challenges as signified by the failed coup.
Raj Kumar Sharma writes: Russia looks to be moving towards an even handed approach in South Asia akin to Soviet Union’s South Asia policy in 1960s where it mediated between India and Pakistan at Tashkent in 1966 following the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
Raj Kumar Sharma writes: Pakistan has been trying in wane to balance Indian presence in Central Asia since 1991. Its efforts to use religion as a galvanizing force have not gone down well with the CARs, who have a secular outlook. It even interfered in the Tajik Civil War (1992-97).