Ukraine differences won’t affect India relations, says US envoy Garcetti ahead of Modi’s Washington visit
The Narendra Modi government has maintained a balance between Russia and the West during the Ukraine war.
US ambassador to the India Eric Garcetti (ANI Photo)
US ambassador to India Eric Garcetti has said that disagreements over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will not affect the US’s relations with India.
The diplomat, who took charge earlier this month as a full-fledged ambassador after more than two years, told this to CNN-News 18 news channel on Tuesday (30) and his remarks come ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US later in June.
Garcetti said that New Delhi had helped to keep the price cap on Russian oil imposed by the G7 nations, the European Union and Australia in late 2022 to try to deprive Russia of funds to fight its war in Ukraine which it invaded in February last year.
The Narendra Modi government has maintained a balance between Russia and the West during the Ukraine war. While it has not condemned Moscow, its time-tested ally, over the war and even bettered its trade with it to record levels, driven mainly by imports of Russian oil, prime minister Modi has also told Russian president Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Uzbekistan last year that this is not an era of war.
On the other hand, India has also maintained its good ties with the West by clinching mega business deals and taking part in key G7 summits as current holders of the presidency of the G20. Modi recently met Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the recently held G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, where he assured that India would do whatever it could to end the war through dialogue and diplomacy.