British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who arrived this morning April 21 for his first visit to India as head of the British government, will not try to convince his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to change his position on the situation in Ukraine. This was reported by the Times of India, quoting Johnson’s spokesperson.
“We can expect the subject of Ukraine to be on the agenda. We are not trying to lecture India and convince it to change one position for another. We are committed to working constructively with her as an important international partner,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Speaking to reporters en route to New Delhi, Johnson said the UK was determined to recognize the “historic relationship between India and Russia”. The visit is scheduled for April 21 and 22. Johnson will meet with India’s foreign minister on Friday Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and his Indian colleague Narendra Modi.
The newspaper also cites a well-informed source who confirmed that “Johnson will not ‘lecture’ India on Ukraine”. According to him, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region will be the central subject of the negotiations in New Delhi. In addition, according to the newspaper’s interlocutors, the United Kingdom “wants to support India in its efforts to produce its own defense products, and during the visit, the questions of cooperation in the field of defense, including the technology transfer, will be addressed.
EAD every day adds that India and the UK have already agreed on a comprehensive plan to strengthen the partnership on several fronts over the next 10 years. This is to deepen cooperation between London and New Delhi in the areas of defence, trade, health, education, the fight against climate change, as well as research and development of new technologies. The head of the British government also hopes that the visit to India will speed up discussions on the conclusion of a free trade agreement between the countries, which, according to calculations in London, should reach 28 billion pounds (36, 5 billion dollars) per year by 2035. Previously, the British company OneWeb had concluded a cooperation agreement with the Indian New Space India and will start in 2022 to launch its satellites from the cosmodrome of Satish Dhawan, located on the Sriharikota Island in the Bay of Bengal.
President of Russia Vladimir Poutine On February 24, he announced a special military operation in Ukraine in response to the appeal for help from the leaders of the Donbas republics. He stressed that Moscow’s plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories, the goals are the demilitarization and denazification of the country.
Earlier, India abstained from voting in the UN Security Council on the issue of convening a General Assembly session devoted to the Ukraine crisis. India has close ties with Russia and Ukraine in the areas of economy, security, education and politics, Modi said. Therefore, the head of the Indian government stressed, New Delhi adheres to a neutral position and constantly calls for peace and dialogue.