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Biden, Modi Discuss Efforts to Curb Rise in Food, Energy Prices

  • White House silent on whether Modi condemned war in Ukraine
  • India has drawn criticism for buying discounted Russian oil
Anthony Albanese, left, President Joe Biden, Fumio Kishida, and Narendra Modi, right, attend the Quad leaders meeting in Tokyo, on May 24.
Anthony Albanese, left, President Joe Biden, Fumio Kishida, and Narendra Modi, right, attend the Quad leaders meeting in Tokyo, on May 24.Photographer: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed efforts to combat the rise in energy and food prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the White House. 

In a statement following the leaders’ bilateral meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday, the White House said Biden “condemned Russia’s unjustifiable war against Ukraine,” notably not saying whether Modi did the same.