US President Joe Biden on Monday pointed out that only India among the Quad group of countries is “somewhat shaky” in acting against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
While the other Quad countries – the United States, Japan and Australia – have sanctioned Russian entities or people, India has not imposed sanctions or even condemned Russia.
Even though India has grown close to the US, the old Cold War ally is India’s biggest supplier of military hardware.
Speaking at the Business Roundtable’s CEO Quarterly Meeting at the White House, Biden said the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Quad have presented a united front against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression.
India has urged an end to the violence in Ukraine but has abstained from voting against Russia.
India is also considering buying more Russian oil at a discount, with two Indian state companies recently ordering five million barrels.