US discourages reliance on Russia but we value ties with India: Pentagon | Latest News India

India has made its stance on Ukraine battle clear a number of instances, calling for an finish to violence within the war-battered nation. 

The United States “has been very clear” with India and different nations that it doesn’t need them to rely on Russia for his or her defence wants, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby stated on Friday at a briefing. “We have been nothing but honest about it.”

“At the same time, we also value the defence partnership that we have with India. And as was evidenced a week ago, we’re looking at ways to improve that going forward. That’s going to continue because it matters and it’s important. India is a provider of security in the region and we value that,” Kirby said.

The question over reliance on the Kremlin over defence needs yet again came up as the Ukraine war enters the third month. While Moscow has faced global sanctions over the aggression, India’s energy purchase and defence deals have been brought up during discussions.

Earlier this month, during his visit for the 2+2 ministerial talks in the US, foreign minister S Jaishankar had said that India’s energy purchase from Russia in a month was less than Europe’s in a day.

On Friday, Nirmala Sitharaman, talking about the defence needs, said the US “wouldn’t desire a weak good friend”. “We can select our mates but not our neighours. India cannot relocate,” she stated invoking former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The Ukraine battle started on February 24 and Moscow has been accused of a number of battle crimes within the final eight weeks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to leaders of each the international locations – Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky- expressing concern over the violence.

On Friday, the matter was once more raised as he held talks with UK PM Boris Johnson, who was on a two-day go to to India.

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