Washington/New Delhi: US President Joe Biden has called India’s stance in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war “somewhat shaky” after New Delhi refused to corner Moscow unlike other allies of Washington, media reports said. Biden lauded all allies of the US including NATO and European Union for unitedly confronting Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Joe Biden said, “The Quad is, with the possible exception of India being somewhat shaky on some of this, but Japan has been extremely strong – so has Australia – in terms of dealing with Putin’s aggression.”
The US and its allies have already announced sanctions on Russia, which is waging a war with Ukraine for over 26 days, to cripple the economy of Moscow.
However, Indian oil refiners are reportedly continuing to purchase discounted oil from Moscow.
Earlier, India, which has had close ties with Russia for years, had abstained from voting against Moscow in the United Nations thrice.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged both the nations for an immediate cessation of violence noting that India has always stood for peaceful resolution of issues and direct dialogue between the two parties.
Petrol, diesel prices hiked
Meanwhile, for the first time since November 2, 2021, fuel prices were hiked in India on Tuesday. Petrol and diesel prices were increased by 80 paise a litre after a status quo for 137 days. Petrol now costs Rs 96.21 per litre in Delhi, while diesel is at Rs 87.47 per litre. In Mumbai, petrol costs Rs 110.78, while diesel is at Rs 94.94 per litre.
Cooking gas prices too have been increased. Domestic LPG cylinder prices would now cost more by over Rs 50 in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities with effect from Tuesday. The fuel prices were not increased for the last over 4 months ostensibly due to Assembly elections in 5 states in spite of crude oil prices increasing in the international oil market due to Russia-Ukraine war.
Some of oil marketing companies had raised the bulk diesel prices by Rs 25 a litre last week.
India Blooms News Service with UNI inputs