Liz Truss is visiting India at the same time as the Russian minister is fighting to gain ‘neutral’ power over Ukraine

Liz Truss will appeal to India to side with the West in the Ukraine war as she visits New Delhi alongside Russia’s foreign minister.

The Foreign Minister does not plan to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrovwhich seeks to persuade the Government of India to build closer ties with the Kremlin.

The country has refused to support either Russia or Ukraine since the invasion began a month ago, even though it has bought large quantities of cheap Russian oil and other goods that Western companies have failed to provide.

While India has historically maintained close ties with some western countries it is also dependent on Russia for military supplies amidst its own border tensions, with about two-thirds of its military hardware originating in Russia.

Truss said: “Deeper ties between Britain and India will increase security in the Indo-Pacific and globally and create jobs and opportunities in both countries. This means even more in the context of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and underlines the need for free democracies to work closer. together in areas such as defense, trade and cyber security. “

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Prior to the visit, the Foreign Office has introduced new sanctions against Russian oligarchs who move to put their planes on the ground by banning British aviation and maritime engineers from working on vessels owned by sanctioned individuals.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Today’s legislation adds new routes at our disposal to deprive oligarchs of access to their luxury toys.”

But the government has been forced to admit that eight Russians who entered Britain on so-called “golden visas”, which allow people to settle in Britain as long as they invest enough money in the country, have now been hit by sanctions for their close ties to the Putin regime.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: “For too long the government has been rolling the red carpet for Putin’s cronies. These people should never have been able to buy their way into Britain with poorly acquired wealth.”

Defense Minister Ben Wallace is convening a meeting on Thursday with ministers from around the world to increase donations of weapons to Ukraine.

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