Quad countries, including India, share Ukraine’s concerns, says Japanese Kishida

TOKYO (Reuters) – Leaders of the Quad group of countries, including India’s Narendra Modi, shared their concerns about the situation in Ukraine when they met in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday.

“The four leaders had a frank discussion on the impact of the situation in Ukraine on the Indo-Pacific region, and we, including India, expressed our concern over the tragic war in Ukraine and confirmed that principles such as the rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected in all regions,” Kishida said.

Kishida made the comments following the meeting of Quad leaders, which also included Modi, US President Joe Biden and newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

All four, including Modi, also agreed on the importance of the rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Kishida said.

India has frustrated the United States with what Washington sees as a lack of support for US sanctions against Russia and condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow describes its military action in Ukraine as a “special operation”.

Although India has developed close ties with the United States in recent years and is a key part of the Quad grouping aimed at fending off China, it also has a long-standing relationship with Russia, which remains a major supplier of its defense equipment and its oil supply.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Kim Coghill)