Kishida’s Visit Fails To Sway India On Ukraine
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to go along with India’s partners the QUAD mechanism – the United States, Japan, and Australia – during his meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on March 19 (2022). However, their joint communiqué did not mention Russia, let alone imposing sanctions, the Global Times reported.
Although PM Kishida pushed PM Modi to take a tougher line on Russia over the Ukraine issue during his first visit to India after taking office, the joint statement showed that the Japanese lobbying did not meet the expectations of the US or Australia. None of the other three QUAD members carries the weight to persuade their ally India to sacrifice its own national interests, given that Russia plays an important role in India’s strategic policy, experts said.
In the joint statement, the two prime ministers expressed their concern about the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and assessed its broader implications, particularly to the Indo-Pacific Region. They reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of violence, stating that there was no other choice, but the path of dialogue and diplomacy for resolution of the conflict.
While QUAD members Australia, Japan and the US have imposed sanctions on dozens of Russian individuals and organisations since the Ukraine crisis began on February 24, 2022, India has refrained from commenting directly. India also abstained in three United Nations votes, deploring Moscow’s actions, calling only for a halt to violence.
In an urgent meeting of the QUAD alliance on March 3, US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to convince PM Modi to take a tougher line on Russia. The authors have noted that the QUAD, targeting China, was founded under the banner of safeguarding common values. However, India has been clear that its national interests stand above all else.
Boundless Ocean of Politics has received this article from Christopher Lewis of Schiller Institute, Frankfurt, Germany.
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