Against the background of threats from the Russian Federation to use nuclear weapons, Western countries intensified their efforts to bring other countries, in particular, in the Pacific region, to pressure Putin.
This is stated in a Politico article based on communication with sources.
The West is trying to unite more countries in sending a clear signal to the President of the Russian Federation that the use of nuclear weapons will have a very harsh economic and diplomatic response, even from those countries that Russia considers friendly. The Biden administration and expert circles believe that it is especially important to involve India and China.
A representative of the State Department, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that American diplomats are already working with the countries of the Pacific region, urging them to put pressure on Putin and convince him to abandon the idea of nuclear weapons. The interlocutor said that talks were held with a number of countries, "both allies, partners, and vice versa."
US officials believe that the position of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a strong argument for Putin.
The White House is alarmed by Russia's nuclear rhetoric, but so far the US has seen no evidence that Russia is actually going to use nuclear weapons. Intelligence agencies believe that this will not change even after the announcement of the results of the pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine.