One-time strong, relations between India and Russia are now given a boost after a landmark visit by Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, to Moscow.

While the US-India civil nuclear agreement continues to draw criticism in India, Singh has struck a virtually no-strings-attached civil nuclear deal with Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, during the three-day visit.

What is behind the newly agreed partnership? Could this renewed partnership develop into a political alliance? And would it be a source of concern to any other country?

Inside Story discusses with guests: Arun Mohanty, a professor of international studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University and an expert in India-Russia relations, Dimitri Babich, a political analyst at Russia Profile magazine, and Ariel Cohen from the Heritage Foundation.

This edition of Inside Story aired from Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera