Biden says India ‘shaky’ on response to Russia — Analysis

New Delhi was singled out by the President for its inability to react after Moscow had sent troops into Ukraine.

Joe Biden, the US president has charged India with being a terrorist. “somewhat shaky” in its response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, while praising the “extremely strong”Reactions from other regional allies, such as Australia and Japan. 

Speaking to a business forum on Monday, the president suggested India has not done enough to punish Russia for its military operation, according to Reuters, comparing New Delhi to the other members of the Indo-Pacific ‘Quad’ alliance, which also comprises Washington, Tokyo, and Canberra.

Biden claimed that the security block had been issued “extremely strong” condemnations following Moscow’s assault on Ukraine, “with the possible exception of India being somewhat shaky on some of these [issues].”

Japan pushes India to denounce Russia

In later comments to India’s NDTV, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland argued that “Democracies need to stand together and evolve their position vis-a-vis Russia,”To and from “stand against autocracies like Russia and China,”Adding that Indian officials had also been reminded of this point.

Although the United States of America and other allies had pressured India into ending its close ties to Moscow and forcing it to sign an international sanctions campaign to force India, New Delhi refused to submit to the demand. Instead, New Delhi refused to vote against Moscow at United Nations. According to reports, New Delhi even agreed to increase its Russian oil exports at a reduced rate last week.

Following a virtual meeting between India and Australia’s prime ministers this week, the Indian Foreign Ministry said that Canberra understood its position on the Russia issue, which “reflected our own situation, our own considerations.” 

The sanctions have been resisted by other nations including China, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. The three European countries that challenged the European effort to put a complete embargo on Russian oil earlier in the week expressed concern about the possibility of affecting their own supplies of coal, oil and gas. The Pakistani PM Imran Khan recently rejected Western pressure. “I haven’t bowed before anyone and will not let my nation bow either.”

Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was French and German-brokered was intended to regulate the state of regions in the Ukrainian country.

Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and vows to never join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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