Biden appears to nudge India's Modi — in person — on his Ukraine stand


Tokyo — President Joe Biden told fellow Indo-Pacific leaders assembled for a four-country summit Tuesday that they were navigating "a dark hour in our shared history" due to Russia's brutal war on Ukraine and he urged the group to make greater efforts to stop Vladimir Putin's aggression.

"This is more than just a European issue. It's a global issue," Mr. Biden said as the "Quad" summit with Japan, Australia and India got underway.

While the president didn't directly call out any countries, his message appeared to be pointed, at least in part, at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom differences persist over how to respond to the Russian invasion.

Unlike other Quad countries and nearly every other U.S. ally, India hasn't imposed sanctions or even condemned Russia, its biggest supplier of military hardware.

With Modi sitting nearby, Mr. Biden made the case that the world has a shared responsibility to do something to assist Ukrainian resistance against Russia's aggression.

"We're navigating a dark hour in our shared history," he said. "The Russian brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe and innocent civilians have been killed in the streets and millions of refugees are internally displaced as well as in exile."

"The world has to deal with it and we are," he added.

As the leaders were meeting, Russian and Chinese fighter jets conducted joint flights over the Sea of Japan and East China Sea, Japan said, according to Agence France-Presse. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Tokyo expressed "grave concerns" about the flights to Moscow and Beijing.