EFENew Delhi

India's ties with Russia were not directed against any nation, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday, as New Delhi tries to balance its foreign policy amid growing hostility between Moscow and Washington.

India and Russia will hold the annual high-level security talks in New Delhi as President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi to sign pacts on security, defense, and trade.

The visit is significant because ties between the United States and Russia have been on the downward slide for many years.

Washington has threatened sanctions on Moscow for its possible military offensive against Ukraine.

On the other hand, Russia-China ties have become stronger even as the relationship between Beijing and New Delhi has worsened after a series of border clashes over disputed territories.

In this complex myriad of regional diplomacy, the US has been courting India for an alliance to counter the growing Chinese influence in Asia and beyond. EFE