Foreign Policy Watch: India-Russia

Govt. steps in to tackle Russian trade hurdles


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: NA

Mains level: Facets of Indian Diplomacy

The government has convened a multi-Ministerial group to look into how to overcome challenges in trade with Russia, including managing payments for exporters and importers.

Recent course of updates

  • Many parliamentarians have raised concerns over India’s abstentions at the United Nations and the impact of Indian policy on India’s trade and ties with the US.
  • Developments indicate a possible revival of “rupee-rouble trade” in the wake of economic sanctions against Russian banks and entities by more than 40 US and European allies.
  • India’s position has been “steadfast and consistent”, and India has repeatedly called for the immediate cessation of violence and end to all hostilities.

Gearing-up for a ‘Shaky’ response

  • FM responded to a question over India’s support on sanctions being “somewhat shaky” amongst Quad partners.
  • Leaders asked whether there would be any “negative impact” on India’s relations with its closest allies.

India’s clear stance

  • Indian foreign policy decisions are made in Indian national interest and we are guided by our thinking, our views and our interests.
  • So, there is no question of linking the Ukraine situation to issues of trade, the FM clarified.



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