India under pressure from US and Russia over UN vote
Washington: India is under heavy pressure from both Washington and Moscow to vote with them on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Both the sides have reached New Delhi to present their stand and have openly expressed hope that they will get India’s support for the vote expected in the early hours of Saturday IST.
Barring a dramatic change in India’s traditionalist and independent-minded geopolitical thinking, it is expected that it will abstain from or vote on the resolution, which in any case will be largely symbolic as Russia is a permanent member of the UNSC. Will veto it as a member.
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A former Indian diplomat who has served in the United Nations said India’s vote would be rejected or avoided depending on the language of the resolution, but he could not see it as a yes. It seems that US analysts are already prepared not to back Washington with India.
Jeff Smith tweeted, “For those new to India and Indo-US relations, India’s approach to Russia is bound to leave you disappointed. Disturbing loyalty to a rogue actor who destabilizes the region. This is Pakistan. As bad as our relationship with South Asia Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
US President Joe Biden has left no doubt that Washington is pressuring India to engage in an outright Western condemnation of Russia’s aggression. Responding to a question at a White House press conference on Thursday whether the US and India are on the same page, Biden said that India would be “consulted” to “solve” matters (“We have taken it completely has not resolved,” he said.) — a public disclosure that there is daylight among his thoughts.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken then called his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar to discuss what US officials described as “Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked and unwarranted attack on Ukraine”. A State Department read about the call said Blinken stressed the importance of a strong collective response to condemn Russia’s invasion and called for an immediate withdrawal and ceasefire.
The US noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to President Putin for “an end to the violence”, but he called for “diplomatic dialogue and joint efforts from all sides to return to the path of dialogue”, calling for Russia’s invasion. failed to condemn. Washington says Russia despised calls for talks and launched an unprovoked and unwarranted attack on channels still available for talks.
New Delhi’s criticism of the situation in Ukraine, which has taken its roots in post-Soviet politics, and the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) puts the blame of the conflict at Washington’s doorstep. The fact that Russia appreciated India’s “deep understanding” of the causes of the current situation has upset Washington, which sees the problem differently, preferring to Ukraine and other former Soviet republics. Emphasizes independence.
Despite good relations with the US and European countries, India’s distrust of NATO is also rooted in the Cold War alliance Washington has stitched together that New Delhi views with suspicion. Among them was the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO), which was derived from the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO), also known as the Baghdad Treaty, and which included Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and the United States until its dissolution in 1979. Kingdom included. , and the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty (SEATO), of which Australia, France, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and the United Kingdom were members until its dissolution in 1977.
If India is in a jam on Ukraine, Pakistan is in a worse position, which has decided to coexist with Moscow despite its long-standing reliance on the West for monetary aid and its military ties with Ukraine, which have made a difference to Pakistan. The Al Khalid battle tank was prepared. Army. The fact that Imran Khan went ahead with his visit to Moscow, even as Russian tanks were rolling in towards Ukraine, means that Pakistan has either given up hope of staying in the US camp, having received it in recent years. One is upset with the treatment, or is playing his last card. To work back in your favor.