Countries have their own histories, interests, outlooks: US official on India’s stance on Russia

When asked about India’s stand on Russia in connection with its invasion of Ukraine, a senior US official said that countries have their own histories and interests.

A senior US official has said President Joe Biden understands that countries have their histories and interests when asked about India’s stand on Russia.

Responding to a question about India not being on board when it comes to condemning Russia over its Ukraine invasion, a senior White House official said President Joe Biden was aware that every country has its own history and interests.

“The President is very aware that countries have their own histories, they have their own interests, they have their own outlooks. Inevitably — and I think it’s true, with all the members of the Quad, there are some differences — the question is how they become — how they’re addressed and how they’re managed,” he added.

“And I think that there is a broad understanding of the fact that what is happening in Ukraine is a serious threat to the international order. I think that the issue is how the countries are better able to work together to try and find common ground to address it,” he added.

He also said the differences in history and views help in understanding the Indian perspective. He said, “And I think that the President is very aware that India has its own history, its own views, and that, you know, at the same time, having these kinds of conversations helps him to understand the Indian perspective and, I think, allows India and Prime Minister Modi to understand his own perspective and to look for areas of common ground.”

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