The Biden administration is making an attempt to induce India to take a “clear position” on the Russia-Ukraine disaster, US diplomat Donald Lu mentioned. Mr Lu famous that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has been on the “frontlines of that battle” and that US President Joe Biden and different senior officers within the State Division have been relentlessly conducting numerous “very serious” high-level dialogue with their Indian counterparts over Ukraine.
“India has focused on two things when trying to explain its position, one that it continues to want to leave on the table the possibility of a diplomatic resolution of this conflict. The second thing that they emphasize is India has 18,000 students still in Ukraine, and they are trying to work with both the Governments of Ukraine and Russia to safeguard those,” the highest US diplomat said.
Notably, India drew criticism from US lawmakers, each Republicans and Democrats, at a listening to on the “US relationship with India” for being amongst 35 nations that abstained Wednesday from a UN vote to rebuke Russia’s invasion.
Responding to criticism made by the lawmakers of the Senate International Relations Committee, Mr Lu mentioned, “Let me say that all of us have been working to urge India to take a clear position, a position opposed to Russia’s actions.”
“The State Department continues to engage India closely to underscore the importance of a collective response and condemning Russia’s invasion,” he added.
“So we’re making small steps and assure you we are on this and working every day to make sure that we are trying to close the gap between where we are and where our Indian partners are,” Lu, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia knowledgeable the Senate International Relations subpanel.
Regardless that India has not taken a “clear” place, the US says it might see “an evolution” in a few of India’s public place.
“So you may have seen yesterday, the Indian government said it would send an airlift of humanitarian supplies from India to Ukraine. That’s important. That’s a request that’s coming from Ukraine’s leadership. Second, it said in a UN session that it called for all states to abide by the UN Charter to respect the sovereignty and territory, the territorial integrity of other states. That wasn’t criticism of Russia, but a very clear reference to Russia’s violation of the UN Charter and violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty,” Lu defined.
In the meantime, voting outcomes displayed on screens on the UN Normal Meeting confirmed that 141 nations voted in favour of the transfer condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and 5 nations have been towards it, with 35 international locations, together with India, abstaining.
Nonetheless, refuting allegations of attacking civilian infrastructures, Russia’s Everlasting Consultant to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia mentioned that Moscow is just not finishing up strikes on civilians and civilian amenities.