Russia-Ukraine Updates: At a time when the United States (US) has chosen to lead the charge against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine
India has chosen not to take sides publicly, US President Joe Biden said the US and India were in consultations but indicated that differences were not resolved completely.
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Secretary of state Antony J Blinken spoke to external affairs minister S Jaishankar and pressed for the need for a “collective response” against what he termed as a violation of the “rules-based international order”.
Separately, in response to questions by HT, a state department spokesperson said that Russia’s invasion should be “of deep concern” to all countries that believe in a “rules-based order”; the US was speaking to its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific about economic sanctions and export controls vis-à-vis Russia.
There had been no decision on waiver related to the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) vis-à-vis India; and reiterated that the US would stay committed to the Indo-Pacific region.
On Thursday, responding to a question on whether India was in sync with the US position on Ukraine, Biden said, “We are in consultations with India today. We haven’t resolved that completely.”
A little later, EAM Jaishankar first tweeted that he appreciated receiving a call from Blinken, where they discussed the ongoing developments in Ukraine and its implications.