US will have consultations with India on Ukraine invasion, says Joe Biden

Explosion in Kyiv, Ukrainian capital, on February 24. [Photo: Twitter/Michael Holmes]

Amid the escalating tensions with Russia launching major attacks in Ukraine and pressing its invasion of in outskirts of the Ukraine capital Friday after unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending in troops and tanks from three sides in an attack, US President Joe Biden on Thursday said that the United States will have consultations with India on the crisis in Ukraine following a military operation from Russia.

In a televised address on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his move to launch a military operation in Ukraine came in response to threats emanating from the neighbouring country.

He also warned other countries that if they attempted to interfere with the Russian military operation they would see “consequences they have never seen”.

“We are going to have consultations with India (on the Ukrainian crisis). We haven’t resolved that fully,” Biden told reporters during a White House news conference on the Ukrainian crisis.

He was responding to a question if India was fully on board with the United States on the Russian aggression. It is understood that India and the US are not on the same page on the Ukrainian crisis.

India has a historic and time-tested friendship with Russia. At the same time, its strategic partnership with the US has grown at an unprecedented pace over the last decade and half, PTI reported.

It is believed that the Biden administration at various levels, ranging from the White House, the State Department and its National Security Council have reached out to their Indian counterparts at multiple levels seeking full support from it on the Ukrainian crisis, the report said.

During a background briefing with reporters senior administration official deflected questions related to India’s stand on the Ukrainian crisis at the UN Security Council.

However, behind the scene, US officials have expressed their displeasure with their Indian counterparts at the latest Indian position. India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has maintained its own strategic independence.

Earlier in the day, Modi spoke on telephone today with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which he reiterated India’s long-standing conviction that the differences between Russia and the NATO group can only be resolved through honest and sincere dialogue.

The prime minister appealed for an immediate cessation of violence and called for concerted efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue, according to a readout issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Putin announced in a televised address on Thursday morning that in response to a request by the head of the Donbas republic, he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in order to protect people “who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” Putin has said that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories.


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