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UK's Johnson to offer India alternatives to Russia ties on visit

Europe Materials 22 April 2022 01:11
UK's Johnson to offer India alternatives to Russia ties on visit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will offer to help India cut reliance on Russian oil and defence equipment when he begins a two-day visit on Thursday that will test his diplomatic skills and provide brief respite from a row raging at home, Trend reports citing Reuters.

On his first trip to India as prime minister, Johnson will discuss strengthening security cooperation in meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his spokesperson said.

U.S. President Joe Biden told Modi earlier this month that buying more oil from Russia was not in India's interest. Johnson will not lecture Modi on the matter, his spokesperson said.

Uday Bhaskar, a director at the Society For Policy Studies in New Delhi, said there was little Britain could do in practice to replace Russia as a strategic ally.

"(Britain) doesn't have enough oil or the right type of military equipment to sell," Bhaskar said.

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