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India-Russia Ties | There’s never a dull day for ambassadors in Moscow

The incoming Indian Ambassador was given special treatment on his arrival that was not reserved for ally of long standing, Vietnam. This is a good augury for Vladimir Putin’s imminent arrival in the Rashtrapati Bhavan 

December 03, 2021 / 04:07 PM IST
Vladimir Putin with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File image)

Vladimir Putin with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File image)

One of the enigmas in diplomacy is how a host country receives, and subsequently treats a new Ambassador who has just arrived in that country to make its capital their home for the next two or three years. India has, on occasion, made life very difficult for some incoming Ambassadors from day one of their posting in India.

By that gold standard, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India next week promises to go very well, and New Delhi and Moscow will invest heavily in their bilateral relations in 2022.

Pavan Kapoor, India’s 24th envoy to Russia since Vijayalakshmi Pandit first occupied that post in 1947, arrived in Moscow on November 22. Within nine days, Kapoor joined 19 others from counterpart countries, some of whom have been cooling their heels in embassy residences for many months, to present his credentials to Putin.

Kapoor’s was the last name to be added to the list of incoming Ambassadors for the traditional ceremony in the ornate Hall of Saint Alexander Nevsky in the Grand Kremlin Palace, the largest building in the Kremlin. The Russian authorities at the highest levels waited for Kapoor to relocate from Abu Dhabi to schedule the unusually crowded event on December 1 so that he could hit the ground running before Putin packs his bags for New Delhi.