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Rep. Ami Bera Unhappy with India’s Stance on Ukraine Invasion

Rep. Ami Bera Unhappy with India’s Stance on Ukraine Invasion

India-West Staff Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC – With India shopping for energy and oil at discounts from Russia to offset the steep climb of gasoline prices in the domestic market, eyebrows have been raised around the world.

Some are viewing it as India’s reward for not condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Over here, Indian American member of the House of Representatives, Ami Bera, said that if “India makes this decision to buy Russian oil at a discounted price, New Delhi would be choosing to side with Vladimir Putin at a pivotal moment in history when countries across the world are united in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russia’s deadly invasion.”

Bera, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, said, “As the senior Indian American Member of Congress, I was deeply disappointed in India’s abstention from the United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

“Despite India’s long history defending its own border from outside aggression, New Delhi has chosen to remain silent on (Russian President) Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of a free and sovereign country,” he said.

He added, “Even worse, India is now reportedly looking to bypass international sanctions and buy Russian oil at a steeply discounted rate, potentially giving Putin an economic lifeline at a time when the Russian economy is reeling from international sanctions.”

On Mar.16, Bera tweeted, a picture of Ukranian President Zelensky addressing Congress and said, “Ukrainian President @ZelenskyyUa delivered a powerful and sobering address to Members of Congress this morning. We must continue to support the people of #Ukraine in the fight for their freedoms and sovereignty, including by providing military and humanitarian assistance.”

(with inputs from IANS)

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  • Ukrain never supported India. Who cares about Ami Bera? Modi is the best decision maker. He may have some reasons.

    March 16, 2022
    • your attitude is small minded and detrimental to the over-all well being of the world . Modi is an embarrassment.
      To be neutral when someone is being bullied is to side with the bully.
      The day will come when India will need friends. smh

      March 17, 2022
  • Ami Bera is wrong. Like Germany, India depends upon Russia for its energy needs. In addition, India has a long working relationship with Russia. It is not reasonable to expect India to cut those ties in a hurry!

    March 16, 2022
    • Vijay, you are wrong. The country meets 85% of its crude oil requirements through imports. However, only 1% (nearly 45,000 barrels a day in 2021) of its total crude oil imports come from Russia.
      Modi has made a horrendous mistake in trying to be “neutral” . Any country who claims to be neutral in this conflict is actually pro-Putin. Even Switzerland with it’s long history of neutrality has sided with Ukraine. Shame on Modi .
      He is looking for friends in all the wrong places. First it was Trump, now Putin, What really are his goals??!

      March 17, 2022
  • How come you never spoke a word against Bangladesh continuing genocide of Hindu’s in their country and pushing millions of Muslims to India so that they can get all the benefits.

    March 16, 2022

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