India has recently seen a succession of visits by the top leaders of the permanent SC members
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India has recently seen a succession of visits by the top leaders of the permanent Security Council members. The British prime minister was in India in late July, and the American president came calling in early November. Visits by the French president and the Chinese premier followed earlier this month. In contrast to the high-profile U.S. visit, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flew into India almost unnoticed on 21 December.
Although the Soviet Union was India's staunchest ally during the Cold War, India has drifted away from post-Cold War Russia. This stands in stark contrast to India's ties with the U.S., which have steadily rebounded from the fallout over India's 1998 nuclear tests to reach the Indo-U.S. civilnuclear deal. Despite the relative downgrade in the Indo-Russian relationship, however, Medvedev visit has ensured that Russia remains India's largest defence supplier, providing nearly 70 percent of India's weaponry.
Russia understands that India-U.S. ties will continue to develop in the years to come and that the India-Russia relationship may not live up to its potential. Despite Medvedev's efforts to restore some of its lustre, but both he and Singh know that the days of a privileged partnership are over.