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Ruth Pollard

Under Pressure From All, India Gives Diplomacy a Chance

It was the only democracy to abstain from supporting condemnation of Russia. Now New Delhi is welcoming Lavrov.

It’s been a tsunami of diplomacy.

It’s been a tsunami of diplomacy.

Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg

The diplomatic courting of New Delhi these past two weeks has been intense. India was one of only a handful of countries — and the only democracy — to abstain from a U.S.-sponsored resolution in the United Nations Security Council condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Now, it is under intense pressure to shift its stance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, held a virtual summit with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, and had an in-person meeting with Japan’s leader Fumio Kishida. Others to pass through the capital include the foreign ministers of Austria, Greece, Mexico and Oman, and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited on March 25, generating serious scrutiny given the two nations’ fraught relations, while U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is also due in town this week.