US State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference on March 2 that the US had expressed hope that it could work with India to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. .
Responding to a question about what role India could play to end the ongoing conflict, Price said: “India has the ability that we’ve seen from Prime Minister Modi to speak with moral clarity. When Prime Minister Modi said last year “this is not an era of war”, the world listens like they should because when Prime Minister Modi and his country say something like So, that makes sense for the United States, that makes sense for Russia, that makes sense for countries near and far.”
“We will continue to work with our Indian partners, obviously they have a special role to play in this as the host of the G20. But, as a country we have a relationship with. We are not and like India have repeatedly expressed that this is not and should not be the era of war,” he added.
“We hope that we can work closely with India to put an end to this war, to end this Russian aggression to achieve a core end that is sustainable and very relevant,” he said. with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.” Price said that India has a long and historical relationship with Russia and is connected to Russia in many ways that the US is not.”
Price said that India has a different relationship with Russia than the US relationship with Moscow. He emphasized that India has enormous leverage in various areas, including economic, political and moral leverage.
“There are countries in the world whose relationship with Russia is different from our relationship, India is definitely in that group. India has a long historical relationship with Russia. It is connected with Russia. Russia in a way that the United States doesn’t have.” and for that matter didn’t happen. India also has tremendous leverage in different areas whether it’s economic leverage, diplomatic leverage, political leverage, but also moral leverage,” Ned Price said.
During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand last year, Prime Minister Modi said: “Today’s era is not war and I told you about it. that in the phone call.” Notably, India has repeatedly called for dialogue to end the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday urged his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to reverse Moscow’s “irresponsible decision” and return to implementing the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). Arms Reduction Treat).
“I spoke briefly with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov today,” Blinken said, confirming that he had met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday on the sidelines of the G20 in New Delhi.
“I urge Russia to reverse its irresponsible decision and return to implementing New START, which places verifiable limits on the nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Russian Federation. mutual defense is in the interest of both of our countries. It is also in the interests of those around the world that expect from us as a nuclear power,” Blinken added.
He added: “I told the secretary of state that no matter what else is happening in the world or in our relationship, the United States will always be ready to engage and act on arms control. strategy, just as the United States and the Soviet Union did even at the height of the Cold War.”
The meeting was the first face-to-face meeting between the two foreign ministers since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine began more than a year ago and caused a rift between Western countries and Russia. He said that every country continues to pay the price of Russia’s aggression.
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