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In Russia Crisis, India Tries to Balance Geopolitics and Economics

By Emily Schmall and Suhasini Raj

28 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

India is carving a middle path in the conflict between Western nations and Russia, cultivating close ties with the former while buying crude oil from the latter. The NYT explains why.

When Russia first invaded Ukraine, the United States warned India against buying more Russian oil, saying that New Delhi could face “consequences.” Now the West is softening its stance, emphasizing that India does not need to choose sides.

The changing tone reflects the middle path that India is carving out for itself in this geopolitical crisis, as the nation tries to maximize its geopolitical leverage without limiting its economic opportunities. At the summit this week for the Group of 7 leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, who was invited to attend, made pacts on climate action and development with the West while ignoring its entreaties to help isolate Russia.

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