Germany announced it will invite India to the G-7 summit in June in an apparent attempt to lure the country into taking a tougher stand against Russia.
The G-7 countries represent some of the largest economies in the world and have taken the lead in putting financial pressure on Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February. Monday’s invitation to India recognizes the importance of the growing, nominally democratic country that boasts the world’s No. 6-largest economy.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met in Germany on Monday morning as part of a joint German-Indian Cabinet meeting.
INDIA HAS BOUGHT TWICE AS MUCH OIL FROM RUSSIA SINCE INVASION THAN DURING ALL OF 2021
India has been a fickle friend of the West when it comes to condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The country abstained from a United Nations vote condemning the invasion in March and has attempted to maintain a partnership with the country by not supporting Western sanctions.
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A recent analysis showed that while countries continue to wean themselves off of Russian oil, India has taken advantage of the sanctions that are forcing Russia to sell oil at reduced prices. India reportedly has purchased more than double the amount of oil from Russia since the beginning of the invasion than it did all of last year.
Germany, which holds the G-7 presidency this year, also invited Senegal and South Africa to join the summit in June.