Biden May Soon Meet With India’s Leader

( US President Joe Biden will meet in an online call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, only weeks after Biden suggested India’s response to the invasion of Ukraine was “shaky.”
Biden’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said in a statement Sunday that the meetings will be used to continue close conversations on the effects of Russia’s vicious war against Ukraine and to reduce its destabilizing influence on global food supply and commodities markets.
When the two presidents last talked in early March at a summit of the so-called “Quad” alliance, which includes the US, India, Australia, and Japan, they could not agree on a common denunciation of the Russian incursion.
The United States is concerned about India’s impartial attitude in the battle, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov praised India last month for analyzing the issue in its entirety, not only in a one-sided approach.
India recently abstained when the United Nations General Assembly decided to suspend Russia’s membership in the 47-member Human Rights Council amid claims that Russian forces in Ukraine committed human rights breaches that the US and Ukraine have labeled war crimes.
India has refused to join UN General Assembly votes condemning Moscow while expressing grave concern about the reported murders of civilians by Russian soldiers in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lauded India’s crisis handling during a meeting with Modi in New Delhi in early April.
With its “shaky” response to Russia’s attack, Biden warned on March 21 that India was an exception among Washington’s friends.
According to the White House, security in the Asia-Pacific area, the Covid-19 epidemic, and the climate issue are all on Biden and Modi’s agenda.
Due to the US backing their arch-rival Pakistan by purchasing its first Russian MiG-21 fighter planes in 1962, India, an ostensibly non-aligned country, gravitated toward the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
According to experts, Russia remains India’s biggest supplier of significant arms, and India is also Russia’s largest customer.