UK Prime Minister Johnson won’t “lecture” India about its relationship with Russia

UK Prime Minister Johnson won’t “lecture” India about its relationship with Russia
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a news briefing with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine April 9, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is headed to India to strengthen security ties with the country. Some in the UK have been disappointed with India’s stance on Russia, but Johnson said he wasn’t looking to “lecture” his counterpart, Narendra Modi, about the country’s position. Instead, he said they’re going to look for ways to reduce Indian dependence on Russian oil and defense equipment.

Meanwhile, back home in the UK, Parliament will be holding a vote on whether or not Johnson lied about breaking COVID protocols during the pandemic to throw parties – so maybe it’s a good time to be out of town.

Key comments:

“When it comes to India and other democratically elected countries, we think the best approach is to engage with them constructively, to try to broaden the alliance of democratic states against Russia,” said Boris Johnson’s spokesperson. “We want to provide alternative options to countries which are perhaps more dependent on energy and security. That is the approach we think will be most effective. We do not think that pointing fingers or shouting from the sidelines are effective ways of engaging with democratically elected countries."

“India has not yet come out as strongly as some of us would like to see about Ukraine," Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis, said.