Use ‘special partnership’ with Russia to stop war in Ukraine: US tells India

Use ‘special partnership’ with Russia to stop war in Ukraine: US tells India
Use ‘special partnership’ with Russia to stop war in Ukraine: US tells India

“India and Russia have a special partnership,” the US official said.

Washington:

The United States wants India to use its “special partnership” with Russia to “pressure” Moscow to end the current conflict in Ukraine and work for sustainable peace in the region, said Margaret McLeod, a Hindustani spokeswoman for the US State Department.

The US official also reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s famous quote, “This is not the era of war,” which the Prime Minister told Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2022 SCO Summit in Bali.

Speaking to ANI on Tuesday, McLeod said, “The US is asking all its partners, including India, to put pressure on Russia to bring about permanent peace in Ukraine. Russia should get out of Ukraine, this is not an era of war, as Prime Minister (PM) Modi said.” he said.”

“India and Russia have a very special partnership. We want India to use this special partnership to put pressure on Russia (against the war)… Russia’s war in Ukraine is a violation of the UN Charter,” he added.

Asked how the US and the West view India’s position on the Ukraine conflict, the US official said: “It would be better to ask the Indian government about India’s position.”

“But from the US point of view, Russia is violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. It is attacking civilian infrastructure. Just yesterday we saw an attack on a children’s hospital, where there were no Ukrainian soldiers… This is against the UN Charter and international law,” he added.

More than 40 children were killed in a missile attack on a children’s hospital in the Ukrainian capital on Monday. kyiv blamed Moscow for the attack.

Regarding the ongoing NATO summit in Washington DC, McLeod said the alliance’s goal at this meeting is to discuss the vision for the next 75 years. He also said that an aid package for Ukraine would be announced during the summit.

“At this NATO summit we celebrate 75 years of peace, unity, development and innovation and discuss preparations for the next 75 years,” the US official said.

“Most of the NATO members are in Europe, where the war between Russia and Ukraine is taking place, so it is a very serious problem for them (European NATO members)… a large aid package will be announced for Ukraine. We will also do so to create a coordination cell. We will receive a statement from Germany,” he added.

The NATO Summit will be held from 9 to 11 July in Washington DC.

The summit comes at a critical time as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which began in February 2022, has escalated and some cracks have emerged in NATO amid skepticism from some European partners and comments by former US President Donald Trump against the alliance.

This is the first NATO summit since the accession of two new member states: Finland and Sweden.

Speaking about the $60 price ceiling for buying Russian crude oil, the US official said the price ceiling had helped “dry up” Russia’s revenues and that he wanted to further reduce the resources at Moscow’s disposal.

“We want as few resources as possible to go to Russia because it is using the same profits to attack Ukraine. The price cap has affected Russia’s profits, but as long as it can win, it will continue to attack Ukraine. …so we want to reduce its profits as much as possible,” McLeod added.

Notably, despite pressure from Western countries, India continued to purchase crude oil from Russia within the price limit, which, according to several ministers and government officials, helped stabilise domestic petrol and diesel prices.

Speaking about India-US relations, the US official said the relationship between the two countries is very strong and added that Washington wants to strengthen its ties with New Delhi.

“We see deep ties between India and the US, we are involved in many issues… sometimes we have differences in our views but we have free, frank and open discussion with each other. We have a very positive relationship with each other… Our government wants to further strengthen our bilateral relations,” he said.

Asked where India-US relations are headed as it is an election year in the US, McLeod said he could not comment on his country’s domestic politics but confirmed that “historically, both parties (Republicans and Democrats) have worked to strengthen ties with India.”

Prime Minister Modi paid a state visit to the US in June last year. In view of this, President Joe Biden came to India to attend the G-20 summit last year.

A quadruple summit between the two countries is also expected to be held in India later this year.

 
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