Mira Rapp-Hooper, a White House official has stated that India’s stand on the Russia-Ukraine war is “unsatisfactory” but not “unsurprising”, given its past with Russia.
The American official has given the statement after India refused to vote against Russia in the UN. India’s neutral stand in the crisis has sparked different opinions amongst the nations.
Although India has recently developed close ties with America, it has had close ties with Moscow for a long time. Russia has always been India’s biggest defense equipment supplier.
“I think we would certainly all acknowledge and agree that when it comes to votes at the U.N., India’s position on the current crisis has been unsatisfactory, to say the least. But it’s also been totally unsurprising,” said the Mira Rapp-Hopper in an interview with an internet forum.
Rapp-Hooper has stated that United States needs to work on its supply chain to help the other countries with equipment. This way, US can replace Russian products from the market.
She added in her statement, “I think our perspective would be that the way forward involves keeping India close, thinking hard about how to present it with options, so that it can continue to provide for its strategic autonomy”.