Relationship with India “has been somewhat shaky”, says President Biden


It has been difficult for the US to come to terms that one of its closest allies is not on its side one hundred percent in the Russian-Ukraine conflict.

Right from the time when India refused to take a hard stance against Russia, the US has been trying hard to place its interest in India. India is one of its key partners in many fields and over the years, these two countries have grown from strength to strength. Now is truly a time to test the real strength of the relationship.

On Monday, March 21, US President Joe Biden said that India, an exception among US major allies, “has been somewhat shaky” on the Western sanctions punishing Russia`s invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking at the Business Roundtable`s CEO Quarterly Meeting on Monday, referring to how unified Washington allies have been in isolating President Putin, Biden stated, “…The Quad is, with the possible exception of India being somewhat shaky on some of this, but Japan has been extremely strong — so has Australia — in terms of dealing with Putin`s aggression.”

Biden in his remarks asserted that Putin didn`t anticipate how unified NATO and western allies would be in a global response to his invasion of Ukraine. At a virtual Quad conference earlier this month, leaders of Australia, Japan and the U.S. denounced Russia`s invasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, reiterated “the need to return to a path of dialogue and diplomacy.”

India is the only member of the QUAD that has not condemned Russia`s invasion. All member countries of the QUAD barring India have also slapped significant sanctions on Russia.

India has abstained from key United Nations votes on the crisis, calling instead for an “immediate cessation of violence” and a return to dialogue.

Russian forces launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24, three days after Moscow recognized Ukraine`s breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics followed by the announcement of a “special military operation” to “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Western nations have strongly condemned the Russian military operation and have boosted the sanctions pressure on Moscow.

Biden discusses Russia’s ‘brutal’ tactics in Ukraine with European leaders

US President Joe Biden on Monday (local time) held discussions with European leaders on Russia`s “brutal” tactics in Ukraine and humanitarian assistance to the millions of Ukrainians who have fled the violence.

Biden spoke with France President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson where the leaders underscored their continued support for Ukraine, including security assistance to the war-torn country.

“The leaders discussed their serious concerns about Russia`s brutal tactics in Ukraine, including its attacks on civilians. They underscored their continued support for Ukraine, including by providing security assistance to the brave Ukrainians who are defending their country from Russian aggression, and humanitarian assistance to the millions of Ukrainians who have fled the violence,” read a White House press release.

Moreover, the leaders also reviewed recent diplomatic efforts in support of Ukraine`s effort to reach a ceasefire, as per the release. As per an earlier White House press release, Biden will travel to Poland during his Europe trip to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine and impose “severe and unprecedented costs” on Russia for its invasion.”

This week, President Joseph R Biden, Jr will travel to Poland following his meetings in Brussels, Belgium with our NATO Allies, G7 Leaders, and European Union leaders to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine and impose severe and unprecedented costs on Russia for its invasion,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The statement said, on Friday, March 25, President Biden will travel to Warsaw, Poland, where he will hold a bilateral meeting with President Andrzej Duda.

“The President will discuss how the United States, alongside our Allies and partners, is responding to the humanitarian and human rights crisis that Russia`s unjustified and unprovoked war on Ukraine has created,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, on March 23, Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium. On March 24, Biden will attend an extraordinary NATO Summit to discuss ongoing deterrence and defense efforts in response to Russia`s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine.

The President will reaffirm our ironclad commitment to our NATO Allies and to defend every inch of NATO territory.

The President will attend a G7 meeting to further discuss with its Allies and partners the consequences of imposing on Russia for its war of choice. Biden will also join a scheduled European Council Summit to discuss our shared concerns about Ukraine, including transatlantic efforts to impose economic costs on Russia, provide humanitarian support to those affected by the violence, and address other challenges related to the conflict.

On February 24, Russia began a special military operation in Ukraine after the Donetsk and Luhansk people`s republics requested help in defending themselves. What followed the military operation was a slew of sanctions imposed by the western countries targeting the Russian economy.