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Biden wants India to oppose Russian war, White House says

The White House has said President Joe Biden will pressure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take a hard line against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Press secretary Jen Psaki said the leaders were planning a virtual meeting on Monday.

India’s neutral stance in the war has raised concerns in Washington and won praise from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who praised India this month for judging “the whole situation , and not just unilaterally”.

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India abstained when the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted to suspend Russia from its seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council over war crimes allegations.

India continues to buy Russian energy despite Western pressure to avoid buying Russian oil and gas. And the United States has considered sanctions against India for its recent purchase of advanced Russian air defense systems.

Psaki’s statement says Biden will discuss how Russia’s war on Ukraine is destabilizing global food supplies and commodity markets, and the need to strengthen the global economy while “maintaining a free, open and rules-based international order to enhance security, democracy and prosperity”. .”

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