India Should Condemn Putin Over Ukraine War: Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna

Ro Khanna also said that India should not get oil from Russia or China.


An influential American Indian Congressman on Sunday said India “should condemn” Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggression on Ukraine and New Delhi should not get oil from Russia or China.

Ro Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives and has criticized India’s current policy on Russia, said it was time for New Delhi to choose a party.

“Actually I’m already clear about India, and I think India should condemn Putin and India shouldn’t get oil from Russia or China. We should gather the world to isolate Putin,” Khanna told Fox News in an interview.

Khanna is also vice chairman of the U.S. Indian Caucus, the largest state special caucus in the House of Representatives.

“First India should condemn Putin at the UN for blatant human rights violations. Second, they need to be aware, they need to choose a party,” he said.

“We, the United States, were with them when China invaded India. Putin was not there. And it is time for them to buy weapons from the United States, not Russia. We need to see how we can simplify it and simplify it. We need India as an ally eventually to contain China, “Khanna said.

In recent weeks, some of America’s top Senators have expressed deep frustration over India’s position in the Ukraine crisis. These include Senator John Cornyn, co -chair of the Republican Indian Senate Caucus and American Indian Congressman Dr Ami Bera.

India, which has repeatedly abstained from UN resolutions on the Ukraine crisis, has reiterated its firm commitment to the principles of the UN Charter, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

Peaceful settlement of disputes according to these principles is New Delhi’s consistent stance that has stood the test of time, Indian officials said, stressing that there was no other option but to return to the path of diplomacy.

India has been consistent in calling for an immediate end to all hostilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken several times with the leadership of both Russia and Ukraine and reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire and the need for both sides to return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy.

Further, India has strongly supported Ukraine’s request for emergency financial needs to alleviate the humanitarian and economic crisis. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank issued funds to help meet pressing funding needs and mitigate the effects of war on the economy. India is a member of this board.

For its part, India has already sent some parts of humanitarian supplies to Ukraine and neighboring countries. These include medicines, medical equipment, tents, eye protection, water storage tanks, solar lights, among other aid materials.

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