Amid anxieties to walk tight rope between the western nations and the Russia, India went about to agree to a condemnation of the Russian nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
This was mentioned in a joint statement with the UK where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting.
This is extraordinary in many ways as the New Delhi has displayed that isn’t convinced by Russia’s protestations of innocence.
The recent thawing in relations between Russia and Pakistan may also be embedded in the India agreeing to the statement.
PM Narendra Modi and Theresa May released a joint statement after their talks on Wednesday.
The statement said that, “In the wake of the appalling nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the UK and India have reiterated their shared interest in strengthening the disarmament and non-proliferation regimes against the spread and use of chemical weapons.”
It is noteworthy though that Russia was not named in the statement.
Earlier though, India had abstained in a vote in the UN on a proposal moved by Russia seeking a joint probe into the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.