mandag 28. februar 2022

India’s ‘Neutrality’ on the Ukraine Conflict Could Hurt It in the Long Run

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has put India in a particularly difficult spot. Since the conflict between Moscow and the U.S. over Ukraine began escalating late last year, India has avoided taking sides. But with Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, that cautious approach will become increasingly untenable for New Delhi. It could hurt India’s interests in the long-run.

On January 31, India abstained from voting on whether the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should take up discussion of the situation in Ukraine as a threat to international peace and security.

Unlike the confrontational statements of the U.S. and its allies, India’s statements are conciliatory, peppered with words like “restraint,” “de-escalation,” and “diplomatic dialogue.” Importantly, India has avoided condemning or calling out Russia for its actions in Ukraine.