India’s Neutrality on Ukraine Rooted in Deep Ties to Russia, Lingering Mistrust of U.S.
A deputy U.S. national security adviser recently came to New Delhi to press India to take a more forceful stance against Russia over the Ukraine war. His meeting with the Indian foreign secretary was cordial, stressing the strong ties between Washington and New Delhi.
But Indian officials said they later felt blindsided when in public comments Daleep Singh warned of “consequences” for countries that helped circumvent sanctions. “Such words are never used in diplomacy,” said one Indian official who was privy to the discussions. “It came as a surprise.”