India to face major trouble if it aligns with Russia, says USA

As the invasion of Ukraine continued, the US advised India not to join with Russia, warning that the implications would be long-term.

WASHINGTON – The government has warned India against associating itself with Russia, according to President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser, and US officials have been “disappointed” with parts of New Delhi’s response to the Ukraine invasion.

“The US has been disappointed in certain areas by decisions taken by both China and India over Russia’s military operation in Ukraine,” he was cited as saying by a foreign media outlet. The declaration comes after Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited New Delhi a few weeks ago. He had just returned from a trip to Beijing.

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Even back then, Washington DC responded by stating that it had no intention of “changing” India’s ties with Russia. However, US State Department spokesman Ned Price has stated that the US expects the international community, including India and China, to ‘use the leverage of their relations’ to speak out against Ukraine’s unlawful invasion.

In the context of the invasion, there are undoubtedly areas where both China and India’s policies have disappointed us,” White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese told reporters at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday.

The United States has warned India that a “more explicit strategic alignment” with Moscow would have “severe and long-term ramifications,” he said.

While the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan have imposed economic sanctions on Russia in reaction to its war in Ukraine, India has refrained, preferring to maintain Russian oil imports.

The Indian government’s response to the incursion is challenging relations with the United States, where India is seen as a key partner in combating Chinese power in Asia.

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Deese’s remarks came after Daleep Singh, the deputy national security adviser, visited India last week for meetings with officials.

“During this tour, Daleep made it clear to his counterparts that we do not believe it is in India’s interest to accelerate or increase imports of Russian energy and other commodities,” press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this week.

A message-seeking response received after normal business hours was not returned by the ministry of external affairs.

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Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s foreign minister, emphasized the importance of New Delhi’s ties with Moscow on Wednesday.

The minister told lawmakers that Russia is an “essential partner in a lot of areas.” “Like all other countries, we are examining the ramifications” of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine and “determining what is best for our national interest.”

A US official said in a briefing for reporters Wednesday on fresh sanctions against Russia that the US and the rest of the Group of Seven nations will continue to engage with India and expect to synchronize their efforts to the greatest extent possible. According to the source, India and the United States interact intensively on food security and global energy.

India is the world’s largest importer of Russian armaments, in addition to needing Russian oil. According to those familiar with the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resisted calls from the US and Australia to dial back the partnership, claiming that India needs Russian weapons to oppose both Pakistan and China and that alternatives are too expensive.


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