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“Insufficient … but not surprising”: USA in Ukraine’s position in India | Russia-Ukraine War News

India’s position at the United Nations over war is “insufficient,” but White House officials say it is “not surprising” given its relationship with Russia.

India’s position at the United Nations on the crisis in Ukraine is “insufficient,” but White House officials say it is “not surprising” given its historical relationship with Russia.

Mira Rapp-Hooper, director of the White House National Security Council for the Indo-Pacific, said in an online forum hosted by the Washington School of Advanced International Studies, India needs alternatives to maintain close ties with Russia. Said.

“When it comes to voting at the United Nations, we certainly acknowledge and agree that India’s position on the current crisis was inadequate, to say the least, but that’s not surprising at all. It was, “she said on Friday.

(Al Jazeera)

India has had close ties with the United States in recent years and is an important part of the Quad Group, which aims to oppose China. However, it has a long-standing relationship with Moscow, which continues to be a major supplier of defense equipment.

India avoided condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine and abstained in a UN Security Council resolution on this issue.

Prime Minister Rapp-Hooper said India had approached Russia as a hedge because of worsening relations with China, but he was “long and hard” thinking about his dependence on Russia.

“Our view is that the future path is to keep India close, think seriously about how to offer options, and continue to provide strategic autonomy,” she said. Told.

Even before the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, New Delhi confused Washington DC with the purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system and aimed to prevent the country from purchasing Russian military hardware in 2017. Under US law, we were at risk of US sanctions.

Analysts say sanctions on India could jeopardize US cooperation with New Delhi in a quad forum between Japan and Australia aimed at countering China’s growing influence. ..

Rapp-Hooper said Washington and its allies and partners need to consider how they can help countries that may be considering supply chains and ways to replace Russia’s defense system. rice field.

“There are many partners who have chosen to keep their chips with Russia in terms of defense procurement, some as a hedge against China, but we are now in a position to rethink the wisdom of those decisions,” she said. Says. she said.

“They need to not only make long-term decisions about the possibility of replacing the Russian system in the short term, but also have access to supplies and spare parts to sustain their own army.”

India “Slightly unstable”

Earlier this week, U.S. President Joe Biden was the only quad group country in India. “Slightly unstable” By acting against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, like India Try to balance Relations between Russia and the West.

Other quad countries (US, Japan, Australia) have sanctioned Russia’s entities and people, but India has not imposed sanctions or blamed Russia, the largest supplier of military hardware. Hmm.

“In response to his attack, we presented a united front across NATO and the Pacific,” Biden told the Business Forum on Monday, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The quad is possible, except that India is a bit volatile in some of these, but Japan is very powerful and Australia is similar in dealing with Putin’s attack.”

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