Can India emerge as a peace broker in the Ukrainian crisis?
In what came as a morse end to Pax Americana, the Russian President announced a military operation in Ukraine. Putin termed it as a de-militarization and de-genocidal operation at the request of separatist regions of Ukraine
Joe Biden responded to the invasion by stating it as “an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces” and said the “world will hold Russia accountable"
India has been walking a tightrope by balancing both sides and keeping its national interests supreme
India is one of the few countries that haven’t criticised Russia’s decision of sending troops across the Ukraine border.
At the UN emergency meeting, India only mentioned the escalation of tension between the two European nations and called on all parties to exercise “utmost restraint”.
Notably, Putin thanked India for its Independent position as a mark of its special and privileged partnership. Modi had hosted Putin in December 2021 during the India-Russia summit. Both signed key defence manufacturing pacts and discussed the delivery of S-400 Surface to the air missile system
India is the largest importer of Russian arms. Hence New Delhi is moving a tightrope and acting with patience. Ukrainian ambassador to India has requested PM Modi to intervene and speak to Putin. It is quite possible that India could emerge as a peace broker given the fact that it has until now remained independent. New Delhi has set up a 24/7 Ukraine control room.
Several EU nations have imposed sanctions and stated that these will be the harshest sanctions ever imposed, completely isolating Russia.