US concerned about India’s participation in Russia military exercises

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, US, August 29, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The United States is concerned about India’s plans to participate in joint military exercises with Russia, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

Last month, Moscow announced plans to hold “Vostok” (East) exercises from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, even as it wages a costly war in Ukraine. The military exercises are expected to include China, India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other countries, China’s defense ministry has said.

Asked about India’s participation, Jean-Pierre told reporters as President Joe Biden flew to Pennsylvania that the United States was concerned about any country participating in military exercises with Russia while it is at war with Ukraine.

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Reporting by Nandita Bose and Steve Holland Editing by Chris Reese

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