February 24, 2022

Biden Vow to Alienate Putin as 'Pariah' Faces Challenges

Featuring Lisa Curtis

Source: The Hill

Journalist Laura Kelly

President Biden on Thursday vowed to make Russian President Vladimir Putin a pariah among the international community, with Moscow's invasion of Ukraine drawing wide condemnation for blowing up an international order meant to ensure peace in the wake of World War II.

But that condemnation wasn't universal.


Another potential fault line is India, the world's largest democracy, which has deepened its ties with the U.S. as part of efforts to counter China. But New Delhi has offered tepid responses in the wake of Russia's invasion against Ukraine.

Lisa Curtis, senior fellow and director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program with the Center for New American Security, said India's efforts to preserve relations with Russia are likely to backfire on its goals to counter China in the Indo-Pacific.

"Russia under western sanctions will be increasingly dependent on China, which will allow Beijing to better influence Russian behavior toward India," she said in a statement. "If India believes support for a Russian invasion of Ukraine will guarantee Moscow's support against Chinese aggression on its own borders, it may be mistaken."

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  • Lisa Curtis

    Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in...