September 22, 2022 18:13 GMT
Indian officials have continued to subtly condemn Russian actions in Ukraine and distance themselves from Moscow in remarks at the UNGA.
- India FM Jaishankar told the United Nations General Assembly today: "The trajectory of the Ukraine conflict is a matter of profound concern for the entire international community. The future outlook appears even more disturbing. The nuclear issue is a particular anxiety... Clearly, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized, this cannot be an era of war."
- Happymon Jacob at FP writes that India's pivot on Russia is part of "...a subtle but major shift...: India’s slow but inevitable decoupling from Russia."
- Jacob claims that the oft-mentioned Indian dependence on Russian military hardware has become less pronounced in the past 10 years. Moreover, an Indian political elite which mistrusted the US has been replaced with a more business orientated elite.
- Also to be noted, US-India trade dwarfs Russia-India trade by 10x and 4.2m people of Indian decent live in the US, compared to 30,000 in Russia.
- In the short term, despite India likely contining to purchase discounted Russian oil, Russia is looking increasingly isolated in the diplomatic space.