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Russia's aggression in Ukraine has had the effect of unifying the Western democracies, at least in their robust condemnation of the action.New Delhi was mostly silent through the events of February and early March, refused to support any sanctions against Russia, and its national security adviser declared that Russia had "legitimate" interests in Ukraine – all of which led President Vladimir Putin to place a thank-you phone call to India's premier.India's reaction can be explained by deep ties with Russia. From 2009 to 2013, 38 percent of major weapons exported from Russia went to India, far more than to any other country (and more than triple the second country, China, at 12 percent). And 75 percent of the major weapons imported to India came from Russia (just 7 percent came from the United States). Over the same period, Russia delivered to India an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine – the only one in the world exported anywhere in those years. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was more explicit, describing America and Russia in equal terms.
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