The US proposed to consider the issue of "stimulating" India to reduce ties with Russia

The US Congressional Research Service recommended that parliamentarians discuss the issue of measures that could affect Russian-Indian relations. Analysts say New Delhi’s trade ties with Moscow “raise doubts” about India’s role as Washington’s partner. RT got acquainted with the material of the service.

As the report notes, the neutral attitude of the Indian authorities towards the conflict in Ukraine “disappointed and discouraged many experts from the United States and other countries” who expected New Delhi to take a “more principled position”.

The congressional research service noted that while many of the world’s largest economies are “doing their best” to limit or reduce their trade relations with Moscow, India is multiplying its purchases of Russian oil, coal and fertilizers.

“While the large-scale trade that India has been doing with Russia since February is not inconsistent with international sanctions, this fact has raised doubts about India’s role as a partner of the United States, including its role in the international rule-based order,” the service emphasized.

In this regard, according to experts, the US Congress could consider whether to take measures that “encourage India (and other US partners) to reduce ties with Russia.” Moreover, these measures can be both motivating and deterrent.

As one option, it is proposed at the legislative level to simplify the sale of American weapons to the country or to re-include India in the Generalized System of Preferences, a program to promote trade and development, from which New Delhi was excluded in 2019.

Another measure of influence could be secondary sanctions against India for the purchase of Russian weapons. Congress was also advised to discuss whether the volume and structure of foreign aid should be changed “to push New Delhi to reduce its dependence on Moscow.”

Earlier, Russian Ambassador to New Delhi Denis Alipov spoke about the unprecedented growth of Russian-Indian trade.

Back in April, the United States authorities announced the need to replace Russia as India’s main foreign partner. As Secretary of State Anthony Blinken explained, the partnership with New Delhi could be one of the most fundamental for the United States over the next decades.


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