EU Chief: The Outcome of the Ukraine's War Crucial for Indo-Pacific

President of European Commission Ms. Ursula von der Leyen speaking at the Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi.
President of European Commission Ms. Ursula von der Leyen speaking at the Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi. (AFP)

Russia and China have forged a seemingly unrestrained pact.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens India's regional security, the European Union chief said on Monday, April 25, during a trip to New Delhi aimed at fostering deeper strategic ties.

Dr Ursula von der Leyen is the latest visiting Western diplomat to press India, which gets most of its arms from Russia, over its neutral stance on the conflict.

The outcome of the war will not only determine the future of Europe but also deeply affect the Indo-Pacific region, she told an audience at the Raisina Dialogue, an annual geopolitical conference in New Delhi.

Both the EU and India face challenges from a rising China, and Dr Von der Leyen raised the spectre of Beijing's partnership with Moscow to warn the war had consequences further afield than Europe.

Russia and China have forged a seemingly unrestrained pact. They have declared that the friendship between them has 'no limits'... What can we expect from the 'new international relations' that both have called for?, Ms von der Leyen added.

President of European Commission's trip to New Delhi follows several recent overtures from high-profile diplomatic guests seeking to lure India away from Russia.

 

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