Britain and India have agreed on a “new and expanded” defense and security partnership, announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to New Delhi.
According to a report by a foreign news agency Boris Johnson is facing criticism from his own country during his visit to India, however, it is likely that he will also face an investigation into the lockdown violation, which Parliament believes he lied about the scandal.
They said Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a “catastrophic mistake” in ordering the attackIndia is part of a quad grouping with the United States, Japan, and Australia that is seen as a strong weapon against China’s growing aggression.
However, New Delhi has a long history of cooperation with Moscow in the Cold War, which is still its largest supplier of military equipment and has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In his talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Boris Johnson made it clear that “the dangers of dictatorial repression have increased.”
“It is important that we strengthen our cooperation,” he said.
“Keeping the Indo-Pacific open and free is our common interest,” he said.
He praised the relationship between the ancient democracies of Britain and India.
In this regard, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Boris Johnson’s ‘historic’ visit came 75 years after India’s independence.
“We have discussed a number of regional and international developments, emphasizing the need for comprehensive and rule-based dialogue in the Indo-Pacific,” he said.
Details of the security partnership have not yet been received.
However, Boris Johnson said the two countries agreed to work together on defense procurement to deal with land, sea, air, and cyber threats.
The partnership includes new fighter jets and technologies for identifying and dealing with maritime threats.
New Delhi has long sought to reduce its dependence on Moscow and enhance its military readiness capabilities as part of the “Make in India” campaign.
A series of diplomatic delegations have been heading to New Delhi in recent weeks as a US-led coalition seeks to distance India from Moscow, promising increased security, defense, and energy cooperation.
Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden last week while European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen will arrive in India on Sunday.
India has refused to explicitly condemn Russia, has called for an end to the violence, and has refrained from participating in Western-backed UN resolutions condemning Moscow.
After meeting Modi, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that India’s position on Russia would not change.
“India’s position on Russia is historically known to all, and we will not change it. Of course, it is true,” he told a news conference in New Delhi.
Boris Johnson also said that the conflict in Ukraine could not be resolved immediately because of strong resistance to Russian aggression.
In response to a question about whether he agrees with the defense intelligence assessment that the war could continue until the end of the year, the British Prime Minister said: “Unfortunately, this is a realistic possibility.”
He said Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a “catastrophic mistake” in ordering the attack, but paid tribute to Ukraine’s resistance and outlined plans and possible military assistance for Ukraine and its neighbors.