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PM Modi in Russia: U.S. says it has raised issues with India of ties with Russia


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin embrace throughout a casual assembly at Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outdoors Moscow, Russia, on July 8, 2024.
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The United States has raised issues with India about its relationship with Russia amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a U.S. State Department spokesperson instructed reporters on Monday in response to questions on a gathering between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

India has confronted stress from the West to distance itself from Moscow after Russia invaded Ukraine. New Delhi has so far resisted that stress, citing its longstanding ties with Russia and its financial wants.

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Mr. Modi met Mr. Putin in Russia on Monday within the Prime Minister’s first go to since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. In a publish on social media platform X, the Prime Minister mentioned his talks with Mr. Putin “will surely go a long way in further cementing the bonds of friendship” between the 2 nations.

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“I will look to Prime Minister Modi’s public remarks to see what he talked about but as I said, we have made quite clear directly with India our concerns about their relationship with Russia,” a State Department spokesperson mentioned in a press briefing.

“And so we would hope (that) India and any other country when they engage with Russia would make clear that Russia should respect the U.N. Charter, should respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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Russia has been India’s largest weapons provider because the Soviet Union days. However, India has additionally been looking for different choices, because the Ukraine conflict hobbled Russia’s means to produce munitions and spares.

Washington in recent times has appeared to woo New Delhi, with political analysts saying the U.S. sees India as a counter to China within the Asia-Pacific.

While the West has tried to isolate Putin, China, India and powers within the Middle East, Africa and Latin America have continued to construct ties.

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