April 11, 2022
President Biden will speak Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the U.S. leader continues to encourage other world leaders to take a hardline stance against Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
India has thus far taken a neutral stance on the war, which has raised flags in Washington but garnered praise from Russian leaders including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He recently applauded India for assessing “the situation in its entirety, not just in a one-sided way.”
Last week, India abstained in a successful United Nations Human Rights Council vote to suspend member nation Russia over allegations of war crimes in Ukraine.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden will discuss with Modi the continued impacts of Russia’s invasion and “mitigating its destabilizing impact on global food supply and commodity markets.”
She also said the leaders, who are meeting virtually, will discuss “strengthening the global economy, and upholding a free, open, rules-based international order to bolster security, democracy, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.”
India has continued purchasing Russian oil and gas, despite pressure from Western allies to consider other options. Last month, India’s state run oil company purchased 3 million barrels of crude oil from Russia at what it reported to be a 20% below benchmark price discount.