Biden administration has been trying to reach India at various levels – White House, the State Department, and the National Security Council – to seek full support of India on the Ukraine crisis.
During a White House news conference on the Ukraine crisis, President Joe Biden said that they were going to have consultations with India. They hadn’t resolved that fully. But the US officials have expressed their displeasure at India’s stand.
Indo-Russia Relations V/S Indo-US Strategic Partnership
India has a historic relationship with Russia dating back to the Soviet era. At the same time, it has improved its strategic partnership with the US in the last decade and a half. Individually India has maintained its strategic independence under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Modi Called President Putin
PM Modi appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the violence to return to the path of dialogue through diplomatic negotiations. PM Modi also reiterated India’s belief that differences could be resolved only through dialogue.
Russian President Putin Answers The World
Putin announced that Moscow had no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories and that he was acting at the behest of the head of the Donbas republic who had appealed to Putin to save the people of Donbas republic from the abuse and genocide by Ukraine for eight years. He further said that the Russian military was only targeting the Ukrainian military infrastructure using precision weapons.
In the televised interview, Putin also warned the world of the consequences never seen before, if anyone tried to interfere with the Russian military operation.
Reaction Of The US To Russian Threat
The US has cut Russia from Western financial markets through a series of sanctions. It is also trying to bring the world together to prevent Russia from escalating the tension.