27.05.22 Sanctions Review

The Geopolitical Polygon: why India would not join sanctions against Moscow

India has unequivocally condemned the war in Ukraine, but has not supported the Western sanctions policy. Maintaining a good relationship with Russia is important to India in order to counter China's hegemony, writes Frédéric Grare, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

In particular, India remains dependent on Russian arms supplies. Although it has gradually drifted away from Russia towards the West in recent years, Western leaders should take India’s conflicting interests into account.