The India-US 2+2 meeting on Monday comes after a top US official stated previously this week that Washington wishes New Delhi to abandon its “long-term history of non-alignment G77 partnership” with Russia.
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Wendy Sherman, the US deputy secretary of state, informed members of the House foreign affairs committee that the United States and India have a very important relationship.
“They are the largest democracy in the world. We have a strong defence relationship with them,” she said.
“We have had very direct conversations with them about how we can address their very legitimate needs,” Sherman said, referring to India’s UNSC denunciation of the Bucha atrocities and backing for an impartial probe.
“I think there’s progress being made to see what we can do to be supportive to them, while, at the same time, urging them to be more forthright regarding what’s happening in Ukraine,” she added.
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Sherman also stated that defense trade with India has a lot of potential. According to her, the US has informed India that due to the sanctions, getting spare parts or replacements from Russia will be extremely difficult.
“They have increased their defence relationship with us…,” she said.