Russia seeks to assure India of partnership as Moscow, Beijing align positions on Afghanistan

As world leaders debate how or whether to engage with the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan, Russia has sought to assure its long-time partner India that New Delhi’s views matter.On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the two agreeing to set up a joint team of foreign affairs and national security officials to assess the situation in Afghanistan.According to sources with knowledge of the conversation, there are indications Russia is not…