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U.S. Expresses Concerns Over India’s Ties with Russia Amid Modi’s Moscow Visit

The United States has conveyed its concerns to India regarding its relationship with Russia, particularly in light of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Despite pressure from Western nations to distance itself from Russia, India has maintained its longstanding ties, citing economic and historical reasons. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow, he met with President Vladimir Putin to strengthen bilateral relations.

The U.S. State Department highlighted the importance of respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and urged India to emphasize this in its engagements with Russia. India’s strategic balance involves maintaining its defense ties with Russia while exploring alternatives and Building stronger ties with the U.S. to balance China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region.