India doesn’t want to discuss sanctions against Russia at G20

22 February, 09:35 PM
India to chair the G20 in 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Samuel Rajkumar)

India to chair the G20 in 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Samuel Rajkumar)

India doesn’t want G20 countries to discuss additional sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine, Reuters reported on Feb. 22.

Reuters notes that India has so far refused to explicitly accuse Russia of aggression against Ukraine and has increased purchases of Russian oil over 2022.

Meanwhile, G7 finance ministers and central bankers are planning to have a meeting during the upcoming G20 event in Bangalore, where they are expected to discuss the macroeconomic consequences of the war. At the same time, according to Reuters’ sources, India doesn’t want to consider additional sanctions against Russia.

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"India is not keen to discuss or support any additional sanctions against Russia during the G20," said one of the sources among Indian officials.

According to Reuters, India had proposed calling Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine a "crisis" or a "challenge" during the Feb. 22 meetings to prepare a communiqué, but the talks ended without a decision and should continue on Feb 23. The Indian government didn’t respond to the agency's inquiries.

In December 2022, Bloomberg reported that Indian PM Narendra Modi decided to cancel the annual face-to-face summit with Russian dictator Putin, over his nuclear threats to Ukraine.

Modi called on Putin to recognize "dialogue and diplomacy" as the only way to end the war.

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