New Delhi has welcomed the decision of Moscow and Kyiv to hold talks on the Belarus border.
India did not participate in the UN resolution on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the second time in a week. India on Sunday skipped a UN Security Council resolution calling for a rare special emergency session of the UN General Assembly on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
New Delhi also welcomed the decision of Moscow and Kyiv to hold talks on the Belarus border.
On Friday night, India blocked a UNSC resolution condemning Russia’s aggression, with New Delhi saying dialogue is the only answer to settle the gap and expressing “regret” that diplomacy was abandoned. Was.
As of now, India has stopped condemning the Russian invasion outright. Why is India acting so cautiously on Ukraine?
Here are five reasons:
- For India, the Ukraine crisis has been a tough one that has put it under pressure from “old friends Russia” and “new friends in the West”.
- Russia is India’s largest supplier of defense weapons and has provided India with a ballistic missile submarine.
- India operates 272 Su 30 fighter jets made in Russia. It has eight Russian-built Kilo class submarines and over 1,300 Russian T-90 tanks.
- Despite US pressure, India has stuck to the purchase of the S-400 air defense system, Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile system. India signed a $5 billion deal with Russia in 2018 to buy missile systems.
- Officials said that Russia has also stood with India in the UN Security Council on all issues.
America has also increased pressure on India for a strong reaction against Russia.
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, had stressed the importance of a “strong collective response” by the US to condemn Russia’s “pre-planned, unprovoked and unwarranted attack on Ukraine”.
For India, the US remains a major partner in defence, trade and technology.
America has also been a strong support of New Delhi in the tension with China. France has also been an important friend of India in the United Nations.
India also has people-to-people ties with the Americas and Europe, and these regions have a large number of expatriate Indians.
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