India: Trevelyan grilled on UK's plans for a trade deal
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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is to urge India to work with other democracies to counter Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Ms Truss is in New Dehli for talks with counterparts amid concern in the West about prime minister Narendra Modi’s reluctance to publicly condemn the actions of Russia – a long-standing ally dating back to the Cold War. Ms Burley asked: “Putin still has some friends amongst the international community not least India and we’re looking to do a trade deal with them later on but they refuse to condemn what is happening in Ukraine.
“They don’t seem to as a result be respecting international borders. Do we really want to do a trade deal with a country like that?”
Speaking to the Kay Burley show on Sky News, Ms Trevelyan said: “The Foreign Secretary has gone out to India this week to have conversations with her Indian counterpart to discuss what is a difficult situation for all of us who are democratic nations.
“India is of course the largest democratic nation in the world.
“Standing for democratic nations and peaceful borders where Ukraine has been breached is something we want to see everyone doing.
“I know that Liz Truss will be continuing to have those conversations with the ministers in India to do that.
“Our trade talks are at a relatively early level at the moment.”
The Sky News host pressed: “Does it really sit comfortably with you doing business with a country that by admission is sanctioning the death of innocents?”
The Trade Secretary continued: “No it doesn’t and I think we have to be clear that we stand up for democratic countries and the right to live peacefully in your sovereign nation is something that should be respected by all.
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“I know that Liz Truss will be continuing to do what is the Foreign Office’s job to do; to present those arguments and try and persuade her colleagues in India of the merits of giving their opinion on Putin’s outrageous and illegal rule.”
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