US warns India of ‘significant and long-term’ consequences if it aligns with Russia

US warns India of ‘significant and long-term’ consequences if it aligns with Russia

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The United States has warned India of “significant and long-term” consequences if the latter aligns itself with Russia, as US officials expressed “disappointment” with some of New Delhi’s reactions to the Ukraine invasion, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser.

Director of the White House National Economic Council, Brian Deese, said: “There are certainly areas where we have been disappointed by both China and India’s decisions, in the context of the [Ukraine] invasion.”

He informed reporters that the US has told India that the consequences of a “more explicit strategic alignment” with Moscow would be “significant and long-term.”

Diess’ comments came after Deputy National Security Adviser Dalip Singh travelled to India to meet with officials last week.

While the US, Europe, Australia and Japan have waged a war on Russia and imposed economic sanctions on Russia, India has refused and instead seeks to continue importing Russian oil.

New Delhi’s reaction to the invasion is complicating its relationship with Washington, where India is regarded as an important partner in countering Chinese influence in Asia.

“What Daleep did make clear to his counterparts during this visit was that we don’t believe it’s in India’s interest to accelerate or increase imports of Russian energy and other commodities,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this week.

India’s foreign ministry did not respond to a message from the publication seeking comment.

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