India became a friend of Russia because America did not extend its hand earlier: US Secretary of State

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “India-Russia has a relationship that goes back decades. Russia was essentially the partner of choice for India when we were in a position to be a partner.” I was not.”

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that India did its partnership with Russia to meet its needs. Because America could not meet India’s needs earlier. He told lawmakers on Wednesday, “Russia has a relationship with India which is decades old. Russia was essentially the partner of choice for India when we were not in a position to be a partner.” Blinken said, “Now, we are making efforts to make that effort. I think the strategic relationship between the United States and India is getting stronger. ,

He said, “Now, we are trying for it. I think the strategic convergence between the US and India is increasing.

Responding to a question from MP William Haggerty during a Congressional hearing of the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, Blinken said, “Sure, China is a big part of it.”

Haggerty asked Blinken to share his views on India-US relations.

Haggerty said, “With what we have in front of us and what we are seeing, I am sure that there is a lot of frustration in the short term differences that you try to deal with every day. But in the long run, the strategic partnership we have with India provides an opportunity to do even better in the 21st century.

Blinken responded by saying that he largely agreed with Haggerty.

“I think this partnership has the potential to become one of the most important and fundamental partnerships…” he said.

Blinken said that US President Joe Biden has “made a lot of effort to engage directly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian leadership”.

“We promoted the Quad, which connects India to Australia, Japan, and us. It has been a very important vehicle to strengthen our cooperation with India on various fronts.

Let us inform you that this month the External Affairs Minister of India S. Jaishankar met Antony Blinken and discussed the global situation, regional issues, and bilateral cooperation. This was the first ‘two plus two’ ministerial talk between the two countries under the Biden administration. The talks were hosted by Secretary of State Blinken and Defense Minister Austin Lloyd.

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