Russian invasion of Ukraine is a “very serious issue which is shaking the roots of international order”, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Sunday in New Delhi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi standing next to him.
“No permission should be given by one side to change the status quo in world order by use of force,” said Mr Kishida with PM Modi standing next to him at their joint presser. He added that Tokyo will continue to support Ukraine
“Both India and Russia want a peaceful solution to the current crisis and to ensure an open and free Indo Pacific,” he said.
Despite being the world’s largest democracy and a member of the “Quad” grouping with Australia, Japan and the United States, India has neither explicitly condemned Moscow’s actions, nor called them an invasion so far.
Russia has praised India’s “independent and balanced” position after New Delhi abstained from a UN Security Council vote that deplored Moscow’s “aggression” against Ukraine.
Russia continues to be India’s biggest arms supplier. New Delhi and Moscow were close throughout the Cold War, a relationship that endures to this day.