India blasted for not challenging Russia over Ukraine conflict — Analysis

New Delhi decided not to condemn Moscow after it launched its military offensive on Ukraine

The UK expressed disappointment on Thursday over India’s unwillingness to join the international community in condemning the Russian government for launching its military assault on Ukraine.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan from the British Trade Ministry stated to reporters that Britain is a good trade partner. “very disappointed”thanks to the method adopted by it “Indian partners,”Expression “hope that their views will change.”

Despite the critical comments from the UK minister, she told reports that, regardless of India’s position, the South Asian nation is “an incredibly important trading partner for the UK.”

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New Delhi, which has so far remained neutral, is not joining the other international members in condemning Ukraine’s conflict. India, together with China and several other states, abstained during a vote in the UN on Russia’s military operation.

South Asia’s nation enjoys strong trade relations with Russia. It has received arms from Moscow under previous agreements. India has sought to increase its purchases of Russian oil as Russia suffered economic sanctions. India had previously purchased only 3 percent of its oil imports.

UK and India have been in discussions to reach a post-Brexit trade agreement. The second round of negotiations is expected to end on Friday, while the final rounds are scheduled to be concluded within one year.

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