Australia and India should not let the Ukraine crisis be the theme of the bilateral meeting

The first India-Australia virtual summit was held on June 4, 2020, when the relationship was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

While Australian PM Scott Morrison called for holding Russia to represent its Ukraine hostile in the virtual summit with PM Narendra Modi, Australia likewise communicated comprehension of India’s situation on Ukraine, Foreign Secretory Harsh Shringla said after meeting on Monday.

Notwithstanding, even as Modi and Morrison communicated genuine worry over the contention and the humanitarian circumstance in Ukraine, they concurred that the conflict in Europe shouldn’t redirect the Quad nations’ concentration from Indo-pacific with the Australian PM underlining the need to guarantee what’s going on in Europe ought to never occur in Indo-Pacific.


India is the only member from the Quadrilateral Security Dialog that has not deplored the Russian intrusion of Ukraine or upheld the US-drove western assents against President Vladimir Putin, Russian banks and state-possessed substances. India has likewise chosen to purchase unrefined petroleum from Russia at a limited rate as the worldwide costs take off because of the continuous struggle.

PM Modi and Morrison are relied upon to submit nearer participation in the exchange, basic minerals, movement and versatility, and education, with Canberra, set to report ventures worth a sum of ₹1,500 crores (Aus$ 280 million). As per Prime Minister’s Office, the two chiefs will likewise trade sees on territorial and global issues of common interest.

“The India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has maintained the momentum of an upward trajectory with both countries continuing to collaborate closely, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, in wide-ranging areas including science and technology, defence, cyber, critical and strategic materials, water resource management, as well as public administration and governance,” the PMO said in a release.


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